Energy & Sustainability Services

Newcomb & Boyd’s Energy and Sustainability Group (ESG) provides clients with innovative solutions that elevate the level of building design, comfort, and performance. Only through fluid communication, a deep understanding of systems and synergies, and embracing the open-minded and collaborative spirit of integrated design, can we achieve truly high performance and sustainable projects. With this mission and philosophy in mind, the ESG serves as an engineering, sustainable design, and modeling resource for our clients and provides internal consulting across all services provided by the firm.

Georgia Tech Living Building

The Energy & Sustainability Group (ESG) works with owners and design teams to develop an integrated approach to each project. With a combined 30 years of mechanical engineering, high performance building design, and modeling expertise, coupled with Newcomb & Boyd’s more than eight decades of engineering leadership, the ESG team members understand building systems and services and their interrelationship with climate, site, form, function, and operational life cycle.

Newcomb & Boyd’s ESG team provides planning and design consulting services in the following areas:
• Benchmarking and performance targets
• Climate-based design
• Building envelope and glazing systems
• Daylighting, lighting and lighting controls
• Process & plug load management
• Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system selection and design
• Building water systems
• On-site power generation / cogeneration
• Renewable energy
• Building automation controls
• Commissioning
• Operations & maintenance
• Green building certifications
• LEED consulting

Newcomb & Boyd, while deeply committed to energy and water sustainability, has always held that the primary purpose of our consultancy has been to improve the human condition in the places we work, play, and live. A focus on human sustainability, directed toward health and wellness, leads to happier employees and higher productivity in the workplace.

We can assist you in the multifaceted approaches to designing for the health and wellness of your employees and visitors with an emphasis on:
• Indoor air quality
• Lighting quality
• Daylighting
• Circadian lighting
• Biophilia
• Active design
• Nourishment
• Productive acoustic design
Fitwel consulting
WELL Buildings consulting

In 2011, buildings in the United States consumed 40% of our energy, released 30% of domestic greenhouse gas emissions, and 38% of carbon dioxide emissions, and used nearly 13% of all potable water in the country. With new construction representing less than 2% of the inventory, improving the performance of our existing buildings represents a tremendous opportunity to positively affect resource conservation, air quality and the collective bottom line.

Our ESG team provides a suite of existing building energy and water consulting services designed to elevate building performance, including:
• Energy and water assessments
• Energy baselining
• System submetering & analysis
• Building energy optimization
• Retrocommissioning
• Operations & maintenance consulting
• Green building consulting
• Performance contracting consulting
• Energy Star
Fitwel consulting

Energy & Sustainability Consultants:

Brendan Gardes
Brendan Gardes, PE, CEM
Director, Energy and Sustainability
Danna Richey
Danna Richey, PE, GPCP, RESET Air AP
Mechanical Engineer, Fitwel Ambassador
James Curry, Intelligent Buildings Consultant
James Curry, PMP
Intelligent Building Consultant
Mahsa Minaei
Mahsa Minaei, PhD
Sustainability Consultant
Ronnie Haldar
Ronnie Haldar
High Performance Energy Modeler
Todd Mowinski, Partner
Todd Mowinski, PE

Energy & Sustainability Clients

Georgia Tech

Architect: Cooper Carry, Inc.
Associate Architect: Lake|Flato Architects
The Roger A. and Helen B. Krone Engineered Biosystems Building (EBB) includes wet laboratories, classrooms, a cafe, and offices and is home to the Physiological Research Laboratory. Sustainable features include a high performance envelope with sun shading, energy recovery wheels, radiant flooring, chilled beams, condensing hot water boilers, displacement ventilation, demand control ventilation, rainwater recovery, high efficiency plumbing fixtures, LED lighting, and daylighting. The EBB achieved LEED Platinum certification, and  was named one of the 2018 COTE Top Ten Green Projects by the American Institute of Architects (AIA).

California Military Department Headquarters

Architect: Stantec Inc.
A headquarters complex for the California Military Department, including the 233,000 square foot headquarters building, the 25,000 square foot Emergency/Network Operations Center, a 26,000 square foot warehouse, and the 3,000 square foot Visitors Center. Sustainable elements include a radiant heating and cooling system, and a 180,000 square foot photovoltaic system. This complex will target a net-zero energy use.

Georgia Tech

Architect: Lord Aeck Sargent
Associate Architect: The Miller|Hull Partnership, LLC
The Kendeda Building for Innovative Sustainable Design is a living-learning laboratory building comprised of two sixty-four person classrooms, two twenty-four person classrooms, two sixteen person class laboratories, a sixteen person conference room, makerspaces, student collaboration and research space, areas for public gathering, and a 170 person auditorium. Sustainable features include, radiant cooling and heating, daylight harvesting, automatic externally operated shades, natural ventilation, rainwater harvesting, condensate recovery, a Dedicated Outside Air System, a high efficiency envelope, demand control ventilation, occupancy sensors, and photovoltaics. This facility will pursue Living Certification for the Living Building Challenge 3.1.

Towson University

Architect: Ayers/Saint/Gross Inc.
Phases III and IV of the West Village Housing complex comprising Marshall Hall and Carroll Hall, two high-rise residence halls. Sustainable features include a dedicated outside air system, building skin optimization, domestic water preheat, energy recovery systems, lighting controls and daylighting, high efficiency central equipment, and variable refrigerant flow. This complex achieved LEED Gold certification.

University of Maryland

Architect: Ayers/Saint/Gross Inc.
A 303,500 square foot, three building complex, including two 440 bed residence halls, and a 57,950 square foot, 1,200 seat dining hall. The project is pursuing LEED Silver certification.

Georgia Tech

Architect: Collins Cooper Carusi Architects, Inc.
Associate Architect: Eskew+Dumez+Ripple
An office building with an 800 vehicle parking deck on Dalney Street. The parking deck serves the Krone Engineered Biosystems Building, the Marcus Nanotechnology Building, and the BioTech Quad. The office spaces support the Georgia Tech Research Corporation. This building is Net Zero Ready.

Carroll A. Campbell Jr. Federal Courthouse

Architect: Duvall Decker Architects, P.A.
Associate Architect: Eskew+Dumez+Ripple
The Carroll A. Campbell Jr. Federal Courthouse houses one District courtroom, one Magistrate courtroom, office space for the United States Courts, the United States Marshals Service, the United States Probation Office, the Federal Public Defender, the United States Attorney’s Office, and the GSA’s Public Buildings Service. The building will pursue LEED Gold and SITES Silver.

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