Sustainability Consulting

Global Planning Group considers effective management of safety, health, environment, energy and quality to be of prime importance to the sustained success of your business. We take an integrated approach towards all our business processes and have a single sustainability policy, which is regularly reviewed for continuing suitability and appropriateness.

All of our consulting projects have three main components

  1. Identify energy saving opportunities,
  2. Accurately quantify the energy, cost, green-house gas savings, and
  3. Communicate this unbiased information to our clients.

Whether at the beginning, middle or end of a project, whether training staff, evaluating a building or assessing a specific piece of equipment, the above three fundamentals are always present. In all cases, we provide custom solutions to our clients.

Sustainable = Economical

Global Planning Group promotes sustainable material and energy use. Ideally, closed material loops would be powered by renewable energy through ultra energy-efficient processes. We assist companies in making economical, sustainable first steps toward this vision.

Global Planning Group engineers are energy efficiency experts, and work with clients to identify the energy, material and cost savings opportunities. We are located in Los Angeles, California, and we serve the Southwest and surrounding areas.

 

Expert advice at every point in your energy management process.

Unbiased, expert technical advice on energy efficiency and renewable energy is fundamental to everything we do. We are motivated to see real savings achieved for our clients. Our role as owner’s advocate encompasses many of our traditional services including:

  • Energy audits and/or energy plans (Identifying projects; quantifying energy, cost, and emissions savings; utility rate analysis)
  • Utility rebate applications
  • Other financing applications (government tax incentives, grants, or loans)
  • Development of Owner’s Project Requirements
  • Engineering design review
  • Equipment specification review
  • Installation evaluation and equipment functional testing (commissioning)
  • Operator training
  • On-going measurement & verification
  • Power-purchase agreement (PPA) review

 

Energy Audits | Assessments

Maximize your return-on-investment with Global Planning Group.  Typical findings often reduce energy costs by 10% to 30% at an ROI of 50% or more. Global Planning Group provides all levels of energy audits – ASHRAE Level 1, Level 2, and Level 3 – for industrial, commercial and institutional facilities. For most facilities, a walk-through or Level 2 energy audit is appropriate. Learn about which audit is right for you from our process, described below. Energy audits are the first step towards energy use reduction. They provide a baseline of energy use and an itemized list of actionable energy efficiency measures.

Expect to achieve a return-on-investment (ROI) much greater than any other return for your money. We identify between 10% and 30% cost savings for our clients, with a typical facility capable of 20% savings. Our clients then commonly achieve a combined simple payback of about 2 years. That’s a 50% ROI, and we wager much, much better than any other investment you can find! The key to achieving this magnitude of savings and return is the same as with traditional investing – expert knowledge and no conflict-of-interest.

 

Technical Assistance

Energy use is one of the highest costs of any project. Why ignore it? Bring it into the design process.

Life-Cycle Costing and Focused Assessments

Global Planning Group offers Life-Cycle Costing to evaluate focused energy projects. As part of this service, the annual and lifetime energy use and costs are quantified for specific upgrades or retrofits. Energy use and costs can be evaluated for several different equipment or system options.

Design and Specification Consultation

Identifying opportunities and quantifying energy savings are only the first step towards realizing those savings. We have found that ‘efficient’ systems are often designed inefficiently, or that equipment is specified with inefficient features. For this reason, Global Planning Group offers consulting services at these stages of a project. A small level of involvement by our team often results in significant avoided energy usage.

Federal, State and Utility Incentives

Global Planning Group assists clients in assembling funding packages, whether through utility rebates, Loan programs, Federal tax incentives, US Department of Agriculture grants or green-house gas (GHG) emission credit trading.

Call to get Technical Assistance today

 

Energy Efficient and LEED Commissioning

Commissioning should be more than just a buzzword – it should reduce your energy use and costs. Do it right, not cheap.

For many facilities, especially commercial buildings, significant energy savings are achievable by evaluating equipment operation. Verifying that existing equipment is operating to the design intent, and optimizing existing equipment performance for a specific building is referred to as ‘Commissioning’ for new buildings and ‘Re-commissioning’ or ‘Retro-commissioning’ for existing buildings.

We have led or participated in several commissioning and retro-commissioning teams, and have conducted numerous post-installation inspections of energy-efficiency measures. We have successfully completed many Fundamental and Enhanced Commissioning projects for buildings obtaining LEED certification.  We view commissioning as important service that should pay for itself in energy cost savings, and for our projects it has.

Call today to learn more about commissioning