St. Louis, Mo. (PRWEB) November 15, 2012
Ross & Baruzzini, a globally-recognized engineering and architectural planning, design and consulting firm, is pleased to announce the launch of a new service offering that lets building owners zero in on opportunities to lower building operating cost and make informed decisions to increase value. The Building Energy Quotient (bEQ) program assigns buildings an energy usage quotient based on completion of an in-operation assessment that includes an ASHRAE Level I Energy Audit.
“We are very excited to be adding this important service offering,” remarked Stephen Duda, Assistant Director of Mechanical Engineering at Ross & Baruzzini. “With the launch of bEQ within the firm, we will be able to help building owners evaluate and reduce their buildings’ energy cost using proven ASHRAE methods. When all the data on a building’s energy usage are compiled, an owner can make smart decisions to manage their utility bills and invest upgrade dollars wisely.”
Duda is an ASHRAE-Certified Building Energy Assessment Professional (BEAP) – a required credential for participation in the bEQ service program. As part of the program, the BEAP will perform a building survey, meet with the owner and operator to learn of special problems or planned improvements, identify low-cost/no-cost changes to the facility or to operations and maintenance procedures that will reduce energy use, and recommend potential capital improvements and provide an estimate of potential costs and savings.
Buildings participating in the bEQ program (http://www.buildingenergyquotient.org) receive a workbook of the complete building analysis, and plaque from ASHRAE — much like a nutrition label or the miles per gallon rating for a car—with an easily understood rating scale to allow a comparison of the building’s energy use with similar buildings, as well as demonstrate the building owner’s commitment to energy efficiency. “A property with good energy performance can improve its marketability by differentiating itself from others in a visible way,” Duda said.
About Ross & Baruzzini, Inc.
Ross & Baruzzini, Inc. (http://www.rossbar.com) solves clients’ most significant and complex architectural, engineering, and technological challenges. We provide building design solutions – and the systems that bring them to life and put them to work – in ways that are innovative, practical and enduring. Ross & Baruzzini specializes in design for facilities and infrastructure in transportation, healthcare, higher education, government and facilities requiring 24/7 operations. Founded in 1953, Ross & Baruzzini is continually ranked as one of the top engineering firms in the nation. The company has regional offices in Miami, Indianapolis, and New York and corporate headquarters in St. Louis.
About ASHRAE, Inc.
ASHRAE, founded in 1894, (http://www.ashrae.org) is a building technology society with more than 50,000 members worldwide. The Society and its members focus on building systems, energy efficiency, indoor air quality and sustainability within the industry. Through research, standards writing, publishing and continuing education, ASHRAE shapes tomorrow’s built environment today.