Energy and Sustainability Services

Our Philosophy

The design and construction industry is changing at a more rapid pace than at any time in recent history. First-cost pressures are rising while at the same time buildings must perform better and be constructed of more sustainable materials - all while minimizing the impact on future generations. Mason & Hanger sees opportunity in these economic and environmental imperatives and our professionals have embraced better ways of designing, commissioning, and operating facilities. Grounded in collaboration and extensive analysis, we apply the combined experience of our professionals to improve existing and new buildings to produce the next generation of high-performance facilities.
 
 

Energy Auditing

Energy MeteringOur experts can evaluate your facility’s energy usage utilizing sophisticated analytical tools and provide you with comprehensive energy and water conservation measures (ECMs) to reduce costs and greenhouse gas emissions.

  • Investment grade audits (IGA)
    • Analyze energy and water use
    • Create interactive models to evaluate a variety of saving strategies
    • Conducted by Certified Energy Managers (CEM) professionals
  • Thermal BridgingBuilding evaluations
  • Infrared thermography
    • Detect energy lost from buildings
    • Locate thermal patterns to show leakage areas
  • Energy metering assistance
    • Configure systems to view energy and water usage locally and remotely
  • Measurement and verification (M&V)
    • Define savings analysis of an Energy Conservation Measure (ECM)
    • Meet Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) reporting requirements
  • Alternative energy source evaluations
    • Evaluate solar, wind, and geothermal energy options
  • Carbon footprint analysis
    • Calculate a building’s greenhouse gas emissions
  • Life-cycle cost analysis (LCCA)
    • Assess all aspects of a building’s cost
    • Evaluate the total cost of ownership – acquiring, operating, and disposing of a building system

Performance Contracting Consulting

Carbon Footprint
We can assist owners in implementing energy conservation measures (ECMs) and have worked with numerous energy savings companies to deliver successful performance contracts.

  • Preliminary assessments
    • Quickly evaluate the facility to determine ECM strategies
  • Investment grade audits (IGA) 
    • Develop proposed scope of work, including systems to evaluate 
    • Complete designs
  • Measurement & verification (M&V)

Commissioning & Retrocommissioning

Our certified commissioning agents (CxAs) are professional engineers with specialized expertise in mechanical, electrical, plumbing, emergency power, lighting and daylight control systems, security, and fire protection systems.

  • Commissioning
    • Process begins with pre-design and continues through design, construction, and early operation
    • Maximize operational efficiency of facility systems
    • Help owners achieve sustainability goals
      • Includes life safety commissioning services capabilities (fuel systems, fire alarm, fire pumps, smoke control systems, and sprinkler and special suppression systems)
  • Retrocommissioning
    • Thoroughly review, inspect, and test building systems to determine condition and operational capabilities
    • Improve system operation, equipment performance, indoor environmental quality, and tenant comfort
    • Increase energy savings, while reducing both greenhouse emissions and operating and maintenance costs

Building Sciences

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Our Building Sciences team provides analytical capabilities and expertise beyond the reach of standard design, helping our clients produce better performing buildings that are energy efficient, sustainable, and cost effective.

  • Energy modeling
    • Whole building simulation begins simulation at the conceptual design stage, optimizing building orientation and massing:
      • Optimize insulation thickness and condensation mitigation
      • Reduce air leakage and thermal bridging
      • Evaluate fenestration and shading options
      • Select ideal mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems based on unique project variables
    • Optimize and document performance
    • LEED EA 1 documentation
  • CFD Modeling
    • Analyze complex flow and temperature phenomena
    • Utilize natural ventilation with confidence
    • Complete air quality and plume studies
    • Perform fire and smoke modeling to support design of smoke control systems
  • Daylighting analyses
    • Maximize daylight harvesting
    • Reduce glare and solar heat gain
    • Support architectural features relative to daylighting including light tables, canopies, and screens
  • Condensation studies
    • Reduce the risk of water accumulation in walls

Renewable Energy Systems

Renewable Energy SystemsOur experts understand how to evaluate a building and building site for renewable energy systems application. The benefits of renewable energy include reductions in utility costs and carbon footprint, as well as contributing to facility self-sufficiency and resiliency. Renewable energy systems are an important component of net zero design.

  • Solar photovoltaics
  • Conduct detailed feasibility and economic analyses including shading analyses
  • Optimize energy output
  • Wind generated electrical power
    • Research feasibility of utilizing wind energy
    • Complete specifications for large-scale wind turbine installations
  • Solar thermal
  • Ground-source heat pumps
    • Vertical, horizontal, and surface water applications
  • Heating
  • Cooling
  • Thermal storage systems
  • Ventilating systems
  • Energy recovery systems
  • Co-generation
  • Domestic hot water
  • Employ Certified Geo Exchange Designers

Sustainability Management & LEED Services

Sustainability Management
A client described Mason & Hanger's team as committed to delivering sustainability projects with sound, energy conservation principles. Our experts have applied sustainability management practices to hundreds of projects, guiding our clients through various strategies to obtain their goals, including achieving LEED certification.

  • Sustainable ManagementCarbon accounting/Greenhouse gas accounting (GHG)
    • Document carbon reduction associated with energy measures
    • Understand federal government mandates
    • Click here to read the blog post by our sustainability manager for more information
  • Sustainability studies
    • Provide detailed analysis with comprehensive approach to sustainability for new and existing facilities
  • LEED project coordination
    • Design projects to meet LEED (or Green Globes or BREEAM, etc.), LEED project administration
  • Greenhouse gas reduction
    • Develop strategies for reducing GHG emissions
  • LEED commissioning
    • Helped clients achieve LEED Silver, Gold, and Platinum levels of certification
    • Energy Star project experience
    • Perform on-site functional testing of equipment and systems
    • Develop functional test procedures
    • Conduct training verification
  • Green roof design
  • Stormwater management
    • Develop stormwater pollution prevention plans (SWPP)
    • Treat stormwater as a resource with low impact development (LID) strategies
  • Floodplain modeling and mitigation
  • Water resource management
    • Design rainwater harvesting systems
    • Develop wastewater reuse strategies
    • Erosion and sediment control
  • Environmental site design
  • Porous pavement design
  • Net Zero water design

Building Envelope Services

As a Building Enclosure Commissioning Authority (BECx), Mason & Hanger has a team of building envelope experts that manage the entire building enclosure commissioning process. Our process begins with the owner’s project requirements, thorough design review, contractor submittal review, construction inspection, and development of the final system manual.

  • Prevent water and air intrusion, mold, mildew, and poor indoor air quality
  • Reduce energy costs
  • Reduce potential for construction related claims
  • Conduct building envelope analysis:
    • Condensation analysis
    • Complex heat transfer and thermal bridging analyses
  • Infrared thermography
  • Passivhaus certification
  • Envelope optimization
  • Envelope commissioning

Net Zero Energy & Water

Whether you are striving to reach net zero site energy, source energy, or energy cost, Mason & Hanger's advanced analysis can help drive your building's use as low as possible to achieve net zero.

  • Reduce energy waste and optimize building envelope
  • Improve system efficiency
  • Apply and integrate renewable energy systems
  • Maximize collection of on-site water resources and develop designs for storage and treatment