SOLIDEA Group offer consultancy through EVE®, SOLIDEA’s exclusive Energy Value Engineering Services.

FAQ’s for EVE® Stage ONE – “Get Your House in Order”

You cannot save energy if your building and building systems are defective. EVE® Stage ONE let us help you get your house in order.

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Q. Does EVE® Stage ONE Compare with traditional conditional site survey?

A. Yes it does it is set out in the same way as traditional RICS way of working so it is ideal for physical building handover, end of defects and handover of extended warranty. EVE® has many value added benefits because it benchmarks buildings and gives the building owner insight into energy loss as a result of poor design and bad workmanship

EVE® Stage ONE consists of two reports an overview of sustainability and a conditional survey report, building description, observations, current defects, defects in 3-5 years, life cycle defects, recommended upgrades and “unfixables”. We include daytime and night time studies using FLIR state of the art thermal imaging equipment.

We encourage our clients to try EVE® stage ONE at life cycle milestones and as an alternative to buyers or sellers due diligence having a sustainability report attached is truly value added

Q. How does EVE® compete with local service operators and Thermographic Studies?

A. EVE® takes Thermographic studies [night time studies] a stage further undertaking and comparing daytime studies. Finding cold bridges and air evacuation is one thing but the building operator needs to know why defects occur and even more important what measures are required to rectify defects. Daytime studies require experienced building surveyors who understand building sciences such as envelope design, ventilation and mechanical air handling.

Many air infiltration defects that result in the loss of warm or cool circulated air occur because of heat impact on the surface of the facade or roof during sunny conditions these defects are not detected by thermal imagery. Thermal images provide only part of the story and in the hands of an inexperienced operator can be wholly misleading

Knowing the difference between slumped insulation, workshop defects, trapped water, and dilatation is based on many years of operator experience and design knowledge.  SOLIDEA have access to the full compliment of FLIR Thermographic technology and a have a range of specialist devices we deploy analytic software and equipment second to none including FLIR-TAU flying drones to conduct our own remote aerial surveys.

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Q. How does EVE® assist the building owner with defect rectification what other services do SOLIDEA provide?

A. SOLIDEA has the backing of its own legal team who are experts in loss and litigation EVE® Stage ONE assumes that the building owner will recover all of his costs including Due Diligence and management of defects [not just rectification] from outset.

EVE® Stage ONE aims to get a fair deal for it clients as a clients or “Employers Representative” [ER] we can further assist in managing the quality, cost and time of defect rectification. We assist the “Employer” to quickly rectify defects, we will be hands on supervising the handover of defects to assure quality and we we will represent the client to recover all of his costs.

Q. Is EVE® designed for building owners only? Can EVE® provide value added service to tenants?

A. We provide EVE® Stage ONE for single and multiple tenant facilities, unfortunately many building owners do not care about the condition of their building, the over cost for cooling and heating is simply passed on to the tenant. EVE® stage ONE can assist cross border retailers by benchmarking kWh/m2/yr costs and reporting on extra over costs EVE® has terrific potential cost savings for retail, hospitality and other roll outs

EVE® benchmarks shopping centers. offices, hospitals and other working environments in kWh/m2/yr this can be a negotiating tool for tenants especially where extra over costs in kWh/m2/yr are critical. SOLIDEA are technically capable including remote roof top surveys using flying drones [unmanned aircraft] and state of the art thermal imaging equipment to survey, evaluate and measure heat loss, air permeability and building defects on behalf of building tenants and without the need for special permissions from building owners.

Q. Are EVE® services compatible with the public sector?

A. SOLIDEA legal team is most familiar with public procurement and as EVE® is most compatible with public works such as Hospitals, Schools, Public Administration and other buildings. SOLIDEA will guarantee cost recovery for EVE® stage ONE where defects occur and warranty is valid.

EVE® can be deployed by administrators of hospitals and schools having the peace of mind that warranty will be properly managed, defects rectified and at no cost to the facility administration. EVE® Stage ONE can be deployed at before and after handover for warranty

Q. Do SOLIDEA offer discounts for large clients?

A. Practically of our clients are large property owners operators or users our clients include gloabal well known companies, we do offer discounts however as our services most often more than pay for themselves our clients rarely ask

FAQ’s for EVE® Stage TWO – “If its not metered or monitored how can it be managed”

The bottom line is if its not metered and monitored then its not managed. Energy, water and waste are a big cost in our lives yet somehow we fail to manage these resources.

Q. How are buildings benchmarked?

A. All commercial and public buildings, factories, hospitals, even transport centers are categorized for benchmarking. All buildings are designed differently but buildings in each category must perform when compared against others. Standard Method of Measurement industry wide [SMM] is kWh/m2/yr. This SMM will be used in future for compulsory energy auditing already deployed and inevitable everywhere in future.

Many of the most advanced BMS systems introduced in the last decade are simply not able to provide this simple statistic. Many statistics are reported daily but benchmarking is overlooked, inaccessible or perverted.

Buildings that do not perform have shorter usable life cycles in future and with 2015 and 2020 nearing the yield value of buildings are being corrected; less energy efficient buildings are far less in demand. Both energy efficiency and sustainability are critical deal breakers in commercial real estate transactions in 2013.

It is critical to convey building performance in terms of kWh/m2/yr and to add comment and to relay targets for consumption in future. A progressive well managed regime can mean a percentage point or more in yield and make or break a sale.

SOLIDEA have a comprehensive database of performance of all types of buildings [Consumption before and after EVE®]  we know what competitive performance levels and targets are across border expectations, how they are progressive and how design management is critical to be competitive.

Our clients deploy EVE® during acquisition, project design, tendering. handover and full life cycle

“Our industry progressed from costing design to designing to cost, why not designing to performance?

Benchmarks are most easily achieved through EVE® reducing costs makes your real estate development more profitable and sustainable in any event stalling redundancy.

Q. How does EVE® Stage TWO provide detailed consumption data? 

A. Itemized billing is critical to managing energy, telecommunication deploys itemized billing as normal why not energy? EVE® Stage TWO can provide any installation with instant low cost itemized billing. Monitoring for example the energy consumption of lighting, heating, cooling, and technical preparation is now second nature. Monitoring devices can be installed without disruption or the need for an electrician everything is wireless and web based it takes seconds to install any one low cost device and to attain itemized billing.

Today thanks to the Zigbee revolution monitoring devices and apps cost only a few EURO’s each and practically every device will have one installed in future.

Having itemized energy consumption is the most critical management tool in managing energy, for devising and managing change, evaluating energy saving technology, not to mention monitoring the efficiency and claims of energy saving devices and monitoring energy saving project success.

FAQ’s for EVE® Stage THREE – With a project that can perform and the tools to monitor now is the time to look for savings and deploy energy efficient devices”

Q. Does EVE® promote LED lighting?

A. All retailers will upgrade to LED lighting. LED is the basis for a completely new lighting technology replacing LED in future with ultra energy efficient GaN luminaries is inevitable. EVE® promotes LED through case by case studies life cycle, control aesthetics, value and capital cost. Every project has different needs.

SOLIDEA is assisting retailers to reap the benefits from installing LED in existing shopping centers. Lighting is a big ticket for small heat gain in retail centers as much as 20% of cooling is required because of lighting yet few retailers have been offered a rebate from overheads and their contribution to air cooling costs

Heat demonstrates to be largest single burden on the retail industry, avoiding heat in the first place is critical to sustainability and lighting is a big ticket

Q. SOLIDEA advocates ancient as well as modern energy saving devices what are ancient energy saving devices? 

A. Many office and retail designs incorporate unnecessary daylighting, we advocate that good daylighting means the sun almost never falls on glass. Good daylighting means maximum secondary light penetration and minimum direct solar penetration [Solar Gain].

We regularly visit projects where floor areas are unusable because of penetrating sunlight, the cost of poor orientation and poor daylighting is a big ticket in almost all enclosed environments. Unnecessary skylights, large exposed glazed areas are negative to projects not positive if good daylighting practices are not observed

SOLIDEA EVE® advocate solar protection to reduce solar gain, they reduce the cost of running and maintaining of mechanical plant, improving working conditions and the usability of floor spaces. Good daylighting is a very profitable business where the knowledge of the ancients is not adhered to passive and reactive solar shading devices are often necessary.

EVE® is deployed early in the design development stage of projects to oversee and evaluate daylighting the probable cost and life cycle of a project.

FAQ’s for EVE® Stage FOUR – “First rule of sustainability now you have saved what you can offset the rest

Common aim of any future sustainable project is to achieve Zero Net Energy or ZNE. ZNE mitigates risks of energy fluctuations and demonstrates energy independence

Q. What is the best form of renewable energy offset for my building?

A. Every building is different; at EVE® Stage ONE we advise our clients on the most logical road map to ZNE. A large box retail unit will use 3 electrical kWh of energy for every 1 kWh of heating energy, and an office uses 5 electrical kWh for every 1 kWh of heating [an much more in high rise] surprisingly then if commercial building owners are to consider geothermal solutions to their renewable energy needs?

By understanding the needs of commercial and public buildings we are able to see the real impact of each technology, few building operators are ready to install renewable energy because building efficiency has priority over renewable energy offset in almost all cases, it is far more profitable to become energy efficient, manage energy and to introduce simple energy saving devices than any benefits from investing in offset

The SOLIDEA EVE® team is looking forward to helping you to deliver a value added sustainable future project.

SOLIDEA Group offer consultancy through EVE®, SOLIDEA’s exclusive Energy Value Engineering Services.

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