Sustainability studio services: Building energy quotient

Using Building Energy Quotient (bEQ) to help owners realize a building's full designed potential to help them keep up with the growing energy costs and environmental awareness.


In a period of growing energy costs and increasing environmental awareness, sustainability has never been more important in the built environment. Energy efficient designs offer long-term benefits including lower energy usage and expenses, improved operations, and better occupant comfort.

RTM Engineering Consultants works with building owners to provide a well-researched strategy with an emphasis on the economic value through detailed payback analysis. We launched our sustainability studio to focus specifically on providing clean, efficient solutions to owners.

RTM uses bEQ to help owners realize a building's full designed potential. Courtesy: RTMassociates.One of the services offered through the studio is performing assessments using criteria from Building Energy Quotient (bEQ), a rating program based on American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers' (ASHRAE) methodologies that provides standards to improve the operational and financial performance of a facility. It calculates how a building uses energy and how owners can weigh costs and payback to make efficiency improvements, while maintaining occupant comfort levels.

The bEQ program uses two assessments to measure energy efficiency and performance:

  • As designed- A standardized energy model to evaluate potential energy use as compared with benchmarks for similar buildings
  • In operation- Focuses on a building's actual metered energy use from the past 12 to 18 months, providing specific recommendations for improving energy performance. 

RTM uses bEQ to help owners realize a building's full designed potential. For example, as part of a Green Works initiative program in Orlando, the team performed As Designed evaluations for over 30 buildings, including City Hall, Amway Center and multiple fire stations, to incorporate energy efficiency upgrades. Occupant comfort is important, so metrics, such as air temperature and relative humidity, are taken, and savings in the form of reduced energy consumption are not to jeopardize indoor air quality.

This article originally appeared on RTM Engineering Consultants is a content partner of CFE Media. 

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