Working with Rede
Getting started is easy. Just give us a call at 778 237 6851 or drop us an email. We’ll want to know all about your unique school district, how many facilities, square footage, current energy systems, team size and capability, goals and objectives and much more. Together we’ll craft a pan of action that we’ll translate into a proposal for your consideration. Once you are satisfied with the scope and cost of our proposal, we’ll get started.
That depends on the scope of the work required. In many instances, we work with school districts with aggressive goals that touch on multiple facilities and energy programs—that usually means we’ll work side by side for many years, continuously improving efficiencies, reducing energy costs, and reducing school carbon footprints. An example of a long term engagement is our Energy Management Program where we become an integral part of your team, planning and executing for long term success.
However, in other instances we are engaged to perform a smaller component of the energy management program that may require us for six months or less. An example of a short engagement is our Benchmark Energy Assessment where we perform a high level energy audit of the previous year showing obvious gaps and areas for improvement.
Distance is no obstacle to us. During our engagement, we’ll visit your sites regularly, spending a significant amount of time either meeting with you and your team, or evaluating your energy systems. It’s quite common for us to request permission to visit your facilities both during the day and night—it’s amazing what we learn about your energy usage when your facilities are not in use. Additionally, depending on the service we are providing, we’ll set up regular phone meetings to keep everyone informed of progress and plan next steps.
We are a small team of school energy management engineers and every school district gets the expert attention of every Rede team member. However, every school district we work with is assigned a team lead, who drives the project forward and remains in touch with you on a regular basis. You can rest assured your school district will be in good hands.
General Energy Management
Pay-backs vary depending on the type of project and the capital investment expectations. The desirable pay-back range for most school districts we work with is between two and seven years, where the low-end is driven by low-cost implementations generally related to building automation optimization and the upper-end is related to capital-intensive projects.
We start most engagements by taking stock of the energy footprint of your schools by conducting a Benchmark Energy Assessment (BEA) using your past utility records. The outcome of that assessment will identify the worst performing schools of the group and single those out as candidates for a Detailed Energy Audit (DEA) or Recommissioning (RCx) study depending on what the operators tell us about the condition of the building. Reports form the basis of incentive programs and project plans.
No. Rede’s business model is not built on the performance contract model. We work with you to deliver the best possible outcome in terms of school energy management, with a long term goal of reducing energy consumption and saving school districts money. We do not directly hire contractors to fix deficiencies, instead we work with your contractors and project manage upgrades. Our fees are strictly fee-for-service.
Knowing why you are struggling is of course key. We will engage with you to identify weaknesses or gaps that exist in your current program, and propose a move-forward pan based on your goals and needs. Energy management is a rhythmic cycle of project identification, implementation, measurement, and reporting. A struggling program will have weaknesses somewhere in that chain—and we can help identify and resolve them.
A Detailed Energy Audit (DEA) is a tool that aids the investigation team in completely understanding a building’s energy system and is critical in driving recommendations for improvement. Execution of a DEA provides an opportunity for the investigator to build credibility with the building operators through extensive staff inquiry and long hours spent in the building. When a DEA is conducted correctly, the investigator will be as conversant in the building operation as the operators. When credibility is attained, the DEA becomes a springboard for making operational and capital improvement recommendations that operators support. Such recommendations can then be submitted to a funding source, such as a utility, to secure contributions towards upgrade and improvement projects. See Government Incentive Application (GIA) for more information about this service.
The following options are available to school districts:
- Simply tracking utility bill consumption and costs is the job for Monthly Utility Management software. These tools help administrators record data from utility bills to be used for future reporting.
- The tracking of school energy savings, belongs to a practice called Measurement, Tracking & Reporting (MT&R) and uses a statistical approach to baseline pre-project energy use for comparison to post-project use. Most Monthly Utility Management software will provide this feature but reliability is low unless a professional is engaged to guarantee savings.
- Utilizing an interval meter, which measures hourly readings and provides granularity well beyond monthly utility bill readings. The advantage of interval metering is knowing your school energy consumption before you receive a bill and having the capacity to analyze how, and when energy is used in your school. Site-sourced Interval Metered Data Management provides additional information about interval meter tracking software.
Costs for school sub-metering can range from $5,000 to $15,000 depending on scope (number of sub-metered circuits and types of energy metered) and product selection. Costs range from $4,000 per building up to $10,000 for 8-circuit (3-phase) sub-metering. In the event you are considering the implementation of Site-sourced Interval Metered Data Management, we can bring foresight, gained by experience, that is a critical in designing a trouble-free application.
School Electrical and Lighting
Yes. A core deliverable to a Detailed Energy Audit (DEA) is a room-by-room inventory of existing lighting with recommended retrofit technology and associated energy cost pay-backs. If you prefer to skip the formality of a DEA, we can work directly with your or our own lighting partners to establish to quickest and most cost-effective solutions. Electrical projects, such as identifying power factor corrections to lower utility penalties and sub-metering the mains to identify base and peak loading conditions for a demand shedding strategy are also services that we can lay out for our school district partners.
This depends entirely on your funding cycle and how you’ve described the strength of your project to the Ministry. For instance, have you quantified the future energy and carbon reductions and provided a payback? Have you shown that you’ve engaged a consultant to verify the veracity of the project? Having these facts lined up in advance of applying for funding provides evidence to the government that your project has a high likelihood of success and therefore it may be prioritized in ahead of other district applications.
School Heating and Ventilation (HVAC)
Yes. We offer two parts to our Recommissioning (RCx) service for HVAC: RCx Development Planning where we identify trouble spots, recommend, and plan continuous improvements for HVAC; and RCx Implementation Project Management, where we oversee the execution of the continuous improvement plans for your HVAC systems.
This depends entirely on your funding cycle and how you’ve described the strength of your project to the Ministry. For instance, have you quantified the future energy and carbon reductions and provided a payback? Have you shown that you’ve engaged a consultant to verify the veracity of the project? Having these needs lined up in advance of applying for funding provides evidence to the government that your project has a high likelihood of success and therefore it may be prioritized in ahead of other district applications.
Yes. We offer two parts to our Recommissioning (RCx) service for automation: RCx Development Planning, where we identify trouble spots, recommend, and plan continuous improvements for automation; and RCx Implementation Project Management, where we oversee the execution of the continuous improvement plans for your automation systems.
A This is usually dependent on the relationship you have with your DDC contractor, and whether you are constrained by procurement procedures. The optimal situation is where a school district has a strong relationship with the contractor and procurement of enhancements can be arranged through handshake agreements. In these circumstances upgrade speed is dictated by available funds, available contractor time, and district urgency. We can get projects turned around in a matter of weeks to months when the freedom exists for candid discussions with contractors. Rede’s role in these situations is generally to identify and advocate for projects. We are experienced at outlining the required changes and we work directly with your contractor to establish the most cost effective solution based on the project goals. Rede’s involvement is typically established as the outcome of a Recommissioning (RCx) engagement or as your school district’s energy manager (Energy Management Program).