The goal of sustainable design is to limit the adverse effects of buildings on the environment by minimizing excessive energy use, reducing the depletion of natural resources and environmental pollution while also maintaining a comfortable and healthy building environment. Building green also optimizes the energy performance of the structure, which reduces the overall costs associated with long-term maintenance and operation.
ELEN Consulting is a local leader in LEED building design, the national standard for environmentally responsible building design based on industry-accepted benchmarks. Achieving LEED certification for a building increases its marketability and allows access to a growing array of state and local government incentives.
Our 15-person staff has designed and consulted on numerous LEED building and retrofitted projects. Our depth of experience combined with a diverse and highly qualified staff allows us to provide our clients with sustainable designs that meet the industry’s highest level of operational efficiencies, environmental performance and interior comfort.
One of our current projects is the P-1400 Marine Corps Energy Initiative at Camp LeJeune, N. C. ELEN Consulting is providing the electrical engineering services for this large-scale photovoltaic (PV) project. Converting the sun’s energy into useable electricity, PV panels have been installed at newly constructed barracks as well as those still under construction, and at various brownfield sites that cannot support building infrastructure, on Camp Lejeune and Camp Johnson.
With the installation of more than 20,000 PV panels, a renewable energy technology that instantaneously converts sunlight into electricity, generated energy will replace an extensive amount of traditional power previously used by the base. Peak production of the solar panels will offset the peak needs for the associated buildings, which will reduce the cost of power. This allows users to not only reap financial benefits, but also play a part in conserving the environment through the use of an alternative renewable source. Through this Marine Corps Energy Initiative, the PV panels are expected to provide 100 percent of the energy demand for the five new BEQs at Courthouse Bay and Hadnot Point, saving Camp LeJeune more than $550,000 every year.
With the plethora of renewable energy technologies hitting the market and their steady decrease in price, more corporations and businesses are beginning to consider on-site renewable energy generation. Companies of all sizes, with varied electricity needs, can tailor one or a combination of several renewable energy installations to fit the needs of the enterprise. There are multiple technologies to consider during the evaluation process and an in-depth cost/benefit analysis should be performed.
There are powerful forces at work which are driving the U.S. economy toward a more sustainable way of doing business in the long run. Those drivers include the science of climate change, rising global demand for a limited supply of fossil fuels, and growing political support for clean energy. Sustainable energy is not only good for our planet; it’s good for our pocketbook, too.