Sustainability Consulting

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Let us help you leverage advancements in passive design techniques and increasingly affordable renewable energy options.


With advancements in passive design techniques and increasingly affordable renewable energy options, achieving Net Zero Energy is attainable for new and existing buildings alike, and doesn’t have to break the bank. What’s more, capital improvements towards Net Zero Energy will raise the value of your building and slash energy bills to provide a strong return on investment.

See some of EBS’ Net Zero Energy Projects.

Generally defined as a building that produces as much energy as it consumes, multiple market definitions exist for Net Zero Energy, including “Net Zero Source Energy Use” and “Net Zero Energy Emissions.” EBS works with clients to analyze buildings and determine which form of Net Zero Energy is the most feasible option for their building and sustainability goals.

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  • Work side-by-side with the design team to set goals for the project budget and schedule, as well as goals for environmental and social equity achievements
  • Building evaluation and site assessment
  • Life Cycle Cost Analysis
  • Energy Modeling & Daylight analysis
  • Commissioning; Measurement & Verification
  • Reviews of specifications, drawings, billing, etc.

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Pre-Design/Strategic Planning Phase: The most cost effective way to achieve Net Zero Energy is by starting the conversation in the Pre-Design/Strategic Planning phase, and following the project all the way through post-occupancy.

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New Construction, Living Building Challenge


Other Sustainability Consulting Services

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Water is one of our most precious and finite resources, with only 1% of global water supply available for potable use. Buildings use 25% of global water consumption, and consuming water also consumes energy. With national water rates rising an average of 9% per year since 2008, energy costs always on the rise, and the drought experienced in California and other states, water conservation presents a major financial incentive. It is never too early or too late to analyze and improve the efficiency of a building’s water systems. Whether a new construction or existing building project, water efficiency is a worthwhile and highly valuable investment. Just like buildings can undergo energy audits, water audits are conducted to determine opportunities for water conservation measures such as fixture upgrades, rainwater and stormwater reuse systems, graywater (greywater) and blackwater systems.

Scope for New Construction:

  • • Understand the code requirements and building owner’s goals for water use reduction
  • • Determine efficiency opportunities through specific fixture options and alternative water conservation / water reuse measures
  • • Conduct Life Cycle Cost Analysis and the simple payback of water efficiency opportunities
  • • Depending on scope of work agreement with the building owner, EBS can oversee the implementation of upgrades

Scope for Existing Buildings

  • • Understand the building owner’s requirements and goals for water use and utility bill reduction
  • • Conduct audits of all water fixtures throughout the building
  • • Determine efficiency opportunities through specific fixture upgrades and alternative water conservation / water reuse measures
  • • Calculate the costs associated with upgrades and the simple payback from investments
  • • Research potential rebates, incentives and alternative financing mechanisms
  • • Act as the owner’s representative in overseeing the implementation of upgrades

Timing for New Construction
: Pre-Design/Strategic Planning Phase: The most cost effective way to achieve the highest levels of water efficiency is by starting the conversation in the Pre-Design/ Strategic Planning phase, especially if progressive methods such as graywater and blackwater are under consideration.

Timing for Existing Buildings: Existing building’s water fixtures should be analyzed every 5 years for potential efficiency upgrades. For buildings considering alternative conservation methods such as, rainwater and stormwater reuse, it’s always a great time to start the conversation.

Additional Synergies: New Construction, Existing Buildings Operations & Maintenance, Life Cycle Cost Analysis

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Beyond pursuing green building for your love of the environment, many buildings are subject to stringent building code compliance mandates that can result in fines if not met. EBS will help your team understand the requirements of each code and perform the necessary procedures to ensure your project is in compliance. In addition, EBS will find synergistic opportunities between code compliance and building optimization to maximize the value for your building.

Below are the most common codes that coincide with green building measures:

  • • CALGreen
  • • ASHRAE 90.1, 55, 62.1
  • • Title 24: California’s Code of Regulations
  • • San Francisco Existing Building Energy Ordinance
  • • New York Local Laws 84 & 87
  • • Executive Orders 13423, 13514 and B-18-12


  • • Determine which codes apply to your project
  • • Review the project’s jurisdiction-specific code requirements
  • • Perform a Gap Analysis Table (GAT) of non-complying or non-addressed items and suggestions for compliance
  • • Creation of baseline and reduction calculations
  • • General suggestions for sustainability-driven synergistic options to reduce construction cost and / or increase project performance

Timing: Design Phase: Incorporating code-compliant designs into the project from the beginning will save time, money and resources in the construction and occupancy phases.

Additional Synergies: New Construction, Commissioning, Energy modeling, Measurement & Verification

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EBS’ Waste Financial Impact Analysis Tool uses hauling cost scenarios to inform the user of the most cost effective strategy to comply with the monthly volumetric needs for waste, compost and recycling.

Using this intuitive tool, clients can make informed, proactive, cost effective decisions to optimize bin sizing and reduce expenses.[/foundry_tabs_content][foundry_tabs_content icon=”” title=”Greenhouse Gas Reduction Strategies”]We provide expert advice on carbon reduction strategies through energy, waste, environmental management, and low carbon design by advising clients on how to improve their buildings. Through analyses we show how to mitigate the first cost issue by further demonstrating how sustainability measures directly impact life cycle costing throughout virtually any holding period. Additionally, we provide a holistic approach to sustainability by employing people from various disciplines and bringing them together under one roof. The dynamic in our offices is one of a kind and our motivation ensures we provide clients with innovative solutions that will change their life for the better.[/foundry_tabs_content][foundry_tabs_content icon=”” title=”Sustainability & LEED Education Services”]EBS is currently offering two education programs. Our full-day class called, “Valuing Investments in Sustainability,” is designed for those in the real estate sector seeking to maximize the financial value of investments in the operations and maintenance of buildings. Attendees will acquire the tools and resources needed to analyze the economics behind energy, water, and waste scenarios, then will apply this knowledge to real-life datasets. After becoming adept at working with CBECS data, ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager, and audit results, students will then learn tangible ways to implement sustainable improvements in their buildings. Potential candidates for the course must enter as at least LEED Green Associates (or equivalent), and can expect to leave fully equipped to make the business case for green implementations in the commercial/institutional real estate sectors.

Our subsequent class is a LEED, CALGreen, and other rating systems. We are currently under contract to teach this class and others at the County of Los Angeles under the ESSMA contract. Understanding the difference between rating systems (although CALGreen is technically speaking a code…) is crucial for project success – furthermore we help our clients analyze the available rebates, tax advantages and incentives that can be gleaned from each of the processes. What is the difference between us and every other EDU provider in the market? Our Principal helped write the LEED BD&C exam and we don’t only provide EDU services – we’re a one stop shop for everything green building.[/foundry_tabs_content][/foundry_tabs]