The most efficient systems are ones that are OFF.

Sustainable Building Design

Ecotope’s Design Team uses a  Design for Off TM strategy to use mechanical systems only when they are necessary. With this approach we are consistently designing some of the most energy efficient buildings in the region.

Building systems should represent simple, straightforward solutions to design problems, and not be overly complicated or over-sized. Ecotope’s licensed Mechanical Engineers have decades of combined experience working on hundreds of commercial, residential, and multi-family projects. We practice a holistic design approach aimed at producing the most efficient, comfortable, and cost-effective buildings possible. Our designs are nationally recognized for achieving exceptional performance within our client’s modest budgets and tight construction timelines. When presented with a new challenge, we consistently seek innovative ways to implement emerging technologies, while relying on a knowledge base of tried and true HVAC and plumbing design concepts. Our designs are also informed by our long history of developing and using building modeling software to accurately identify the best efficiency measures. This approach allows us to communicate the long-term implications of various design an operational decisions made by the entire design team throughout a project’s life cycle. In addition to focusing on energy efficiency, we have extensive expertise in water conservation. We provide water audits and analysis, Plumbing Engineering services, as well as innovative rainwater harvesting system designs targeted for low water demand systems.

Services Include:

  • HVAC system design
  • Plumbing & rainwater design
  • Energy efficiency optimization
  • Green building rating system consulting
  • Building energy simulation
  • Life-cycle cost evaluation
  • Cost estimating & CA
  • Building commissioning
  • Auditing and building tuning
  • Utility incentives support

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