Capital has a dedicated team of specialists who concentrate full time on building commissioning, retro-commissioning and re-commissioning. With over 120 projects (totaling 8,000,000 SF) commissioned, and a strong emphasis on our firm's core values, Capital is positioned as a true leader in whole building commissioning in the western United States.
We provide performance evaluation, commissioning, and diagnostic testing services for a wide range of projects including complex utility plants, high and low-rise office buildings, government buildings, hospitals, K-12 schools and university facilities. Our comprehensive building commissioning services are designed to meet or exceed industry benchmarks including the U.S. Green Buildings Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program, and the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air Conditioning Engineers' (ASHRAE) Guidelines for commissioning.
Capital's commissioning team has a thorough understanding of MEP, low voltage and envelope systems and has successfully completed many high profile projects.
With the evolution of the built environment to higher sustainability and efficiency goals, modeling has become a critically important aspect of what we do as engineers. We use industry standard energy simulation tools including EnergyPro, eQUEST and EnergyPlus, in addition to TRACE 700. Our team possesses extensive experience meeting the California Building Energy Efficiency Standards and understanding the interpretations and nuances of compliance requirements. In addition, we have completed a number of projects that require performance to be measured against ASHRAE 90.1, Energy Standard for Buildings except Low-Rise Residential.
A NZEB is engineered to generate as much energy as it consumes annually. Buildings consume 40% of the total fossil fuel energy in the U.S. and NZEB standards represent a critical step in reducing global carbon emissions.
Designing a reasonably priced NZEB requires a different approach than designing a traditional structure. Previously, only the cost of fuel was considered, not the amount of energy consumed, whereas NZEB design must weigh the costs of generating onsite energy. Capital's building optimization team holds the experience and training to take full advantage of the newest generation of simulation tools that are necessary to model NZEB systems such as natural ventilation, radiant heating and cooling, and passive solar.
With an increasing focus on NZEB standards at both the state and federal level, the knowledge and expertise encapsulated in the Capital team positions us as the ideal partner in an owner's NZEB pursuit.
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