The commercial side, are we missing big opportunities?

Most of what is discussed here involves lowing energy costs for residential customers, hence the name HOME energy pros. The commercial customer has a monthly energy bill that often exceeds the amount of energy used in a YEAR for a personal residence. Are we missing the big fish, the commercial side?

Demand charges make up a large portion of a commercial account's total bill. Reducing peak demand or simply shifting use could save a commercial customer thousands of dollars per year. Since peak demand is often at the same time at maximum solar output, payback times might be significantly shorter than residential. It's a different ball game, but is it worth playing?

Views: 167

Reply to This

Replies to This Discussion

Commercial is another kettle of fish & unless you are an engineer the chances of breaking into the market are difficult. While resi is primarily worried about the envelope, most commercial work is focused on lighting, motors, pumps, etc...

It seems to me that Sean and Bob are both right. I eventually hope to tap into the light commercial business, where the  major difference from residential may be lighting, and having a buddy or two in the commercial HVAC arena. There are a lot of small offices in the world these days. In this area, they are often former residential buildings-historical buildings that may house offices for doctor$ and lawyer$. Of these, the adjustment may be quite simple, although it would be smart to know ADA requirements (access requirements, trip hazards, etc.) and other bells & whistles to justify the higher premium for an audit and to be a trusted source (if not an actual expert in those areas) over time.  

Many others are flex-warehouses. Considering the construction of many flex-warehouses, a commercial glass company may be on your speed dial for installing vestibules & I.G. panes(on the warehouse side) to help isolate the indoor climate from both the warehouse & the exterior. But access for airsealing & improved insulation may often be very easy as there is often a +/- 10 ft clearance between office ceilings & warehouse roofs. I would tread with caution in approaching flex-warehouse spaces; long-standing occupant habits may cause some disappointing results.

In both areas, you may see a lot more air sealing challenges due to the need for cabling, etc. And, of course; watch out for the ceiling tiles!

If you are a lone ranger on the resi side, it may be difficult to go alone on commercial jobs, and you may find yourself working a lot of weekends. For these reasons, and considering the peak usage payback, etc., it may be a good way to increase your monthly take-home. $1500-2500 is a lot easier for a Dr. or a snake in the gra,,,,uh,,,lawyer to swallow than $400-500 for a homeowner. I'll gladly work nights or weekends for that bump.

RSS

Videos

  • Add Videos
  • View All

Twitter

Latest Activity

Tom White's video was featured

Residential Energy+ - Rocky Mountain Institute from James Brown Media on Vimeo.

Residential Energy+ Rocky Mountain Institute

Residential Energy+ is a Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) initiative enabling industry actors to capture the $150 billion residential energy upgrades market opportunity, and meet the top unmet demand among homeowners: improved home energy performance.
8 hours ago
Tom White posted a video
23 hours ago
Chris Stratton liked Kim Tanner's discussion Game of Homes
23 hours ago
Amber Vignieri posted a blog post
yesterday
ofer ben -nathan added a discussion to the group HVAC
yesterday
ofer ben -nathan joined Allison A. Bailes III's group
Thumbnail

HVAC

HVAC design, Manuals J, S, T, & D, Duct leakage, Air flow, ENERGY STAR new home requirements,…See More
yesterday
Mary Knox replied to Kim Tanner's discussion Game of Homes
"Sounds interesting. I will definitely try it."
yesterday
Judy Roberson joined Norm Bourassa's group
Thumbnail

Multifamily Buildings

For too long there has been relatively little EE focus on multifamily, but some new programs have…See More
yesterday

© 2016   Created by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service