Sustainability Strategies

Sustainable and energy efficient operations that provide a competitive advantage.

Pressure from customers, shareholders, government, and the general public often drives an organization to act responsibly and improve its impact on the environment. Many CEOs now believe that while sustainability may have been an option in the past, it has now become a necessity. Implementing sustainability solutions can make a big impact on the success of a company and its bottom line.

Chateau Energy Solutions provides a range of Sustainable Strategies for every type of building. Our sustainability experts will minimize the impact your building has on the environment and work with you to achieve corporate sustainability goals. And having a better understanding of energy usage will allow you to better measure and report on sustainability targets.

The world of sustainability is continually evolving. New or updated rating systems and methods are often released. The Chateau Energy team of sustainability experts stays up to date with the most recent mandates, programs, certifications, and processes, so our clients receive expert assistance on how to operate buildings in a more sustainable and cost-effective manner.

The journey to sustainability can take many paths. ENERGY STAR and LEED are the best-known certifications for benchmarking energy efficiency and sustainability. While they have different emphases, both are tailored toward making buildings better for occupants and the environment.

Chateau Energy offers a broad range of Sustainability Strategies:

Decarbonization Strategies

Chateau Energy can help you develop a strategy to bridge the gap between your existing carbon footprint and your decarbonization goals. Achieving net zero can be difficult, but we can translate insights into action to reduce your carbon footprint, achieve your sustainability targets, and improve your profitability.

Achieving net zero can be difficult, but we follow a four-step process:

  1. operational efficiency to reduce energy consumption
  2. on-site renewables for a cleaner, more reliable source of energy
  3. off-site renewables using Power Purchase Agreements (PPA) and Virtual Power Purchase Agreements (VPPA)
  4. offsets to achieve full carbon neutrality
Sustainability Study

Our sustainability experts can help you better understand how your current sustainability efforts are working and where there may be areas for improvement. Chateau Energy’s Sustainability Study identifies opportunities to increase sustainability and reduce the energy usage and costs at a facility through changes in operating strategies and retrofit measures.
Chateau Energy experts will collect site data and conduct personal interviews with facility personnel. It is important to understand a company’s objectives and strategic goals as it relates to an organization’s corporate sustainability plans. We will also complete a walk-through of the site and review additional data gained during the assessment.

Our team of experienced professionals will evaluate each opportunity and develop the recommendations contained in the Study. The report will present suggested energy conservation measures, the associated energy savings, and the economic evaluation of these measures including costs and payback. The Study can be customized to fit your organization’s needs and may also include a benchmark of energy usage in the EPA’s ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager to determine how well the facility performs relative to similar building types.

The Sustainability Study serves as a guide to help organizations determine which steps can be taken to achieve the desired sustainability results.

ENERGY STAR Certification

ENERGY STAR certified buildings save energy, save money, and help protect the environment by generating fewer greenhouse gas emissions than typical buildings. ENERGY STAR certified buildings must meet strict energy performance standards set by EPA. To do so, buildings must be properly benchmarked. Our experienced team will properly benchmark buildings ensuring your score is accurate.

Achieving ENERGY STAR certification is no easy task. Chateau Energy offers a turnkey service that includes properly benchmarking a facility’s energy consumption, having a PE perform the site visit, and completing the application process. We can provide guidance or manage the entire process.

LEED

LEED, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is the most widely used green building rating system in the world. LEED focuses on creating healthy, efficient, and cost-effective buildings. LEED for Building Operations and Maintenance (LEED O+M) certification is a complete process with many intricate details and requirements. The Chateau Energy team of professional engineers and LEED experts will perform feasibility assessments as well as turnkey LEED certification consulting.

Our approach to LEED consulting combines energy engineering expertise with sustainability advisement to minimize the burden of data gathering and documentation through streamlined processes. This allows the building owner and operator to focus on operating the building in an efficient and sustainable manner. Chateau Energy covers the varied disciplines necessary to LEED attainment and eliminates the need to involve multiple consultants for a single project.

Portfolio Manager

ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager is an online tool that measures and tracks energy usage, water consumption, and greenhouse gas emissions. It can be used to benchmark the performance of one building or an entire portfolio of buildings.

The experts at Chateau Energy Solutions understand the intricacies of the Portfolio Manager software and melds that with their experience of how buildings work. A small mistake can generate a wrong score for your building. This score compares your building’s energy performance to similar buildings nationwide and is used for ENERGY STAR certification.

Our energy management professionals can help you determine and implement energy efficiency initiatives based on your energy management program. These initiatives can range from setting a baseline, to identifying which buildings to target for efficiency measures, to setting goals and tracking improvements.

Trust the Experts at Chateau Energy

No matter what type of Sustainability Strategies you are looking to incorporate into your buildings, let the energy and sustainability experts at Chateau Energy assist you. Interested in learning more? Let’s talk.

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