Overview Existing Buildings New Construction Renewable Energy Program Support Commissioning

Design Review


Since the company was founded in 1998, we have honed our process for new construction design assistance. We listen closely and provide feedback to the client so that all parties understand the design objectives and priorities. We prefer face-to-face design consultation involving one of our senior staff and the customer. kW Engineering provides input on potential energy-saving design modifications and recommends alternatives, when appropriate.

Once we have agreed with the customer on a shortlist of energy efficiency options, we conduct a thorough evaluation of each measure. This evaluation relies on state-of-the-art tools and methods to evaluate measures based on an investment-grade standard. We then produce a report that summarizes our recommendations in a clear and concise format with actionable recommendations. The report compares measures using a variety of economic metrics (e.g. life cycle cost, return on investment, and simple payback) that allow the customer to make a decision based on their preferences and program requirements. The report also clearly states exactly what steps the customer can take in order to achieve the stated energy savings.

Finally, we will review the report with the customer to clarify points and get feedback on the recommendations. We rely on experience, good communication, and technical excellence in the field to maximize our ability to influence the project so that energy efficiency measures are adopted and carried through to the final design.

From our point of view, there are a few threads that are common throughout superior new construction design assistance services:

  • Cooperative Approach: New construction design assistance requires a cooperative approach with the owner and design team to ensure that the project recommendations match their goals and priorities. We maintain frequent contact with clients throughout the analysis of EEMs to solicit their feedback on recommendations and listen to their particular needs and desires.
  • Optimal Delivery: Timing in the delivery of design assistance options is critical. Almost all construction projects are on compressed schedules. When providing design assistance one has a limited window of opportunity that cannot be delayed. Timing and prompt response are important to ensure that recommendations come at a time when decision makers can act on them.
  • Non-Energy Benefits: It is also important to review energy efficiency technologies and recommendations based on non-energy related benefits. kW Engineering analysis includes multiple rationales for action including reduced maintenance costs, better performance, increased occupant comfort, improved indoor air quality, reduced noise among other benefits.
  • Presentation Metrics: Results should be presented using metrics that are familiar and important to decision-makers. Depending on client needs, we present results using simple payback, internal rate of return, or lifecycle costs. These analyses can be customized to include the customers own discount rate and account for expected energy cost escalation, as desired.

We take these hallmarks of design assistance into account when working with customers to finalize an approach and tailor a package of suitable recommendations.