ENERGY RESILIENCE BY DESIGN
ENERGY CONSULTING INSIGHTS AND FAQ's
S2 Energy Partners, LLC is an Arizona based Energy Consulting Firm. We offer subject matter expertise in sustainable energy and integrated building design. We work collaboratively with Owners, Architects, Builders, and General Contractors to develop strategic energy plans based on our clients desire for energy resilience and independence.
A Sustainable Energy Consultant works interactively with the project owner, Owners Architect, Owners Engineer, General Contractor and Sub Contractors – Project Stakeholders. The consultant will lead the effort to identify the owners energy resilience aspirations and project goals. The objective is to work interactively with all stakeholders to develop a comprehensive and holistic whole building energy plan.
Resiliency is defined as the ability to withstand adversity and bounce back from unforeseen setbacks. Energy Resilience is just an extension of the basic principals of resilience. There are many unforeseen forces in our energy lives today. Grid Infrastructure vulnerability and stability, solar flares and potential coronal mass ejections from the Sun, and last but not least man made HEMP (High Altitude Electromagnetic Pulse) events. It is not impossible to design resilience but it does require a comprehensive planning effort.
The most cost effective and results oriented timing for hiring an energy consultant is during the initial phases of project conceptual design. This allows the energy consultant to work with the project owner and understand individual aspirations and building use case requirements. The process is checklist driven and very straightforward. Once the project goals, use case and resilience objectives are defined the Energy Consultant typically hands off a set of energy specifications to the Architect or Builder. Depending on the complexity of the project and the stakeholders level of knowledge the Energy Consultant may take an ongoing role through the project design phases up to permitting.
A comprehensive and holistic energy resilience plan developed for a new build project, depending on the complexity of the project, may require several rounds of collaborative stakeholder meetings between Owner, Designer, Architect and ultimately the General and Sub Contractors. Most energy resilience plans are developed based on building specifications and energy requirements and the collaborative design process is not needed.
Whole Building Simulation is a software tool that allows Energy Consultants to develop an energy model based on multiple aspects of building design. Then number, size and energy efficiency of Windows and Doors, Building Angles, Overhangs, Ventilation Systems, Etc all play a role in the whole building simulation process. Whole building simulation will require close collaboration with Designers and Architects to properly develop and model energy use and resilience.
ELCCA – An Energy Life-Cycle Cost Analysis is a modeling tool that predicts the total cost of ownership of a complete project energy resilience plan compared to standard utility connection and demand delivery. The value provided here is confidence in understanding the holistic Energy Plan for your project over its normal life-cycle.
ENERGY RESILIENCE STRATEGIES
ENERGY RESILIENCE PLANNING
HIGH PERFORMING BUILDING TECHNOLOGIES
SOLAR PHOTOVOLTAIC + STORAGE
CME, EMP, HEMP HARDENING - MITIGATION
MICROGRID SMARTGRID INTEGRATION
SOLAR THERMAL PLUS STORAGE
WHAT OUR CLIENTS SAY
S2 Energy interviewed us, verified our goals and developed a plan to fit our needs. We hired an Architect and a General Contractor and were able to specify exactly what we needed in our energy plan. This simplified the process. We are happy we developed our goals ahead of time and believe this process saved us time and money in our bidding process. We were able to communicate our energy requirements exactly.
S2 Energy Partners, LLC (S2 Energy) was founded in 2006 based on a core belief that individual energy-resiliency was both a personal desire and an emerging trend. In 2006, Residential and Small Commercial Grid-interconnected Solar Photovoltaic systems were in the early stages of adoption. S2 Energy was there providing value and innovation for our customers.
EVOLUTION & EMPOWERMENT
Over the years the term Alternative Energy has evolved into Sustainable Energy. Grid Interconnected systems have evolved into Micro-Grids connected to Utility Smart Grids. Global Warming has evolved into Climate Change, Centralized Energy Generation has evolved into Distributed Generation and Technology is showing no signs of slowing down any time soon. And finally your energy choice has evolved from liability to an asset.
TECHNOLOGY & AFFORADABILITY
Today, Homes and Businesses can be connected to the Grid and yet automatically “Islanded” during short duration power outages as a result of micro-grid technology and energy storage. Life-cycle cost has reached affordability due to mass adoption, economies of scale and the network effect. As a result, energy storage is changing the “variable” nature of alternative energy generation such as wind and solar and providing home and business owners with energy resilience and peace of mind. Critical loads such as emergency lighting, security, communications and food storage can be managed accordingly.
ENERGY RESILIENCE FOR OUR CLIENTS
Though our core beliefs have not changed over the past 15+ years in this space, our passion for energy efficiency and individual resiliency is driving new and exciting opportunities for our customers. With significant technology advances and increased public awareness, our focus has changed to the new-build custom residential, estate and commercial construction segment. This approach allows us to use our industry knowledge and proven expertise to help our clients develop strategically designed energy resilience plans based on individual goals and objectives. We feel strongly that this market segment can achieve the highest value and lowest cost of life-cycle ownership for our clients by utilizing an integrated and holistic approach to energy planning.
COLLABORATION & COMMUNICATION AS A SERVICE
Integrated Energy Design is a collaborative effort between Owner, Designer, Architect, Energy Consultant and other associated project stakeholders. This interdisciplinary team will draft project energy goals, objectives, materials, specifications and life-cycle cost projections for the project. The result is a Strategic and Sustainable Energy Plan ready to be executed. It is intended as a holistic integrated building plan based on owner; lifestyle energy impact goals, energy resilience and independence requirements, carbon neutrality expectations and a positive environmental impact.
Integrated Design is a well-defined process. Phases range from exploration of owner aspirations and values, project evaluation, draft project goals, conceptual modeling, energy modeling, architectural design, detailed drawings, specifications, life-cycle cost, scheduling, construction and commissioning. S2 Energy has a full suite of tools and templates developed to efficiently manage the process from start to finish.