meidh has developed an unparalleled track record for delivering cost-effective sustainability solutions. From documenting your current successes through valuable certifications to better managing your resources to directly increase profitability, meidh understands the value of green.
- Building Energy Modelling
- Commissioning (Cx)
- Retro-Commissioning (RCx)
- ENERGY STAR(R) Labelling
- LEED(R) Certification
- Sustainability Management
There are a range of Building Energy Modelling tools that are available to meidh and its clients.
Building commissioning is a method of risk reduction for new construction and major renovation projects to ensure that building systems meet their design intent, operate and interact optimally and provide the owner what he or she expects. This systematic process typically includes building HVAC, controls, lighting, hot water, security, fire, life and safety systems.
Total building commissioning often includes additional essential buildings systems such as the building’s exterior wall, plumbing, acoustical and roofing systems. Commissioning these additional systems can reduce moisture penetration, infiltration and noise problems, and contribute to the building’s energy and resource efficiency and occupant productivity.
Successful Cx results in optimal energy efficiency, indoor environmental quality, reduced change orders during construction, extended systems life and reduced operation and maintenance costs, often paying for itself before construction is completed. To be most effective, building commissioning begins in the planning phase and continues through design, construction, startup, acceptance, training and the warranty period, and continues throughout a building’s life cycle.
The commissioning process can be applied to existing buildings that have never been commissioned to restore them to optimal performance. Retro-commissioning (RCx) is a systematic, documented process that identifies low-cost operational and maintenance improvements in existing buildings and brings the buildings up to the design intentions of its current usage.
RCx typically focuses on energy-using equipment such as mechanical equipment, lighting and related controls and usually optimizes existing system performance, rather than relying on major equipment replacement, typically resulting in improved indoor air quality, comfort, controls, energy and resource efficiency.
RCx typically includes an audit of the entire building including a study of past utility bills, interviews with facility personnel. Then diagnostic monitoring and functional tests of building systems are executed and analyzed. Building systems are retested and remonitored to fine-tune improvements. This process helps find and repair operational problems. The identification of more complex problems are presented to the owner as well. A final report, recommissioning plan and schedule are then given to the owner.
ENERGY STAR is the trusted, government-backed symbol for energy efficiency helping us all save money and protect the environment through energy-efficient products and practices.
The ENERGY STAR label was established to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and other pollutants caused by the inefficient use of energy; and make it easy for consumers to identify and purchase energy-efficient products that offer savings on energy bills without sacrificing performance, features, and comfort.
meidh offers a full range of LEED services in all USGBC systems. With a solid background in LEED EBOM and experience in LEED NC and CI, meidh understands the value proposition of the LEED certification and can identify a profitable means to deliver on your goals of increasing asset value.
LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is an internationally-recognized green building certification system. Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) in March 2000, LEED provides building owners and operators with a framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions.
LEED promotes sustainable building and development practices through a suite of rating systems that recognize projects that implement strategies for better environmental and health performance. The LEED rating systems are developed through an open, consensus-based process led by LEED committees, diverse groups of volunteers representing a cross-section of the building and construction industry. Key elements of the process include a balanced and transparent committee structure, technical advisory groups that ensure scientific consistency and rigor, opportunities for stakeholder comment and review, member ballot of new rating systems, and fair and open appeals.
LEED is flexible enough to apply to all building types – commercial as well as residential. It works throughout the building lifecycle – design and construction, operations and maintenance, tenant fitout, and significant retrofit. And LEED for Neighborhood Development extends the benefits of LEED beyond the building footprint into the neighborhood it serves.
LEED also makes business sense, benefiting commercial building owners as well as tenants.
meidh provides sustainability management services, allowing you to focus on your work while we focus on managing the resources that increase your profitability and improve access to modern supply contracts.