Project consulting performed by Palmer Conservation Consulting (PCC) is a process of continuous improvement by tracking, analyzing, diagnosing, and resolving issues with heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) and lighting systems. PCC’s goal is to achieve optimal comfort with the least amount of energy consumption in your buildings.

PCC’s 4-Step Method

  • Collect data and track performance of HVAC, lighting, and energy consumption.

  • Detect performance issues. This process may be automated through the use of tools, or the tools may present information in a way that makes it easier for users to identify problems manually.
  • Diagnose above issues and identify solutions. The skill, knowledge, and training of building operators or service contractors are key factors in diagnosing issues successfully and identifying the right solutions.
  • Fix issues and verify results. This is the most critical step to achieving the benefits of building performance tracking.

Buildings aren’t just a pile of bricks and mortar. They are investments with significant profit potential. They need to be comfortable for occupants and must operate efficiently to remain competitive. Building owners who achieve this balance benefit from deep cost savings and market leadership.

Why is Project Consulting Needed?

On average, nationwide electric costs increased by 43% between 1999 and 2008. Legislation on energy disclosure and carbon emissions for commercial buildings is an ongoing challenge for owners. Why is building performance tracking necessary to meet these challenges? Some of the direct financial benefits include:

  • Electric and gas cost savings
  • Higher net operating income (NOI), profit, and asset value
  • Increased occupant satisfaction and tenant attraction
  • Elevated market presence as a leader on sustainability issues

Reduce energy costs and enhance property value

Utility bills typically constitute 30 percent of a building’s operating expenses Lower energy consumption equates to lower operating expenses, which for owner-occupied properties is a direct financial gain.

Maintain occupant satisfaction

PCC’s tracking tools allow operators to identify spikes or dips in energy use more quickly, diagnose root causes, and in some cases preempt comfort complaints.

Be positioned as an industry leader

With the help of PCC, building owners can improve their sustainability credentials through certification programs, including the Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR® rating and the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design® (LEED) program.

Protect against liability

Gas leaks, poor indoor air quality, and non-compliant ventilation rates are examples of liability risks relating to building operation. PCC will help identify and address such system performance or safety problems more quickly, before they turn into liabilities.

No matter what your organization’s level of energy expertise is, PCC will ensure that you understand and are in control of every step of the process. Remember: our projects focus on clients’ objectives – our objective is our clients’ objective.