In response to current global environmental challenges, city governments worldwide have developed ambitious long term greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction targets. These city governments and their partners are increasingly focusing on the development of urban energy efficiency strategies for buildings to help meet reduction targets. Similarly, energy utilities and suppliers need to develop long term supply strategies that are cost efficient. To support these diverse needs, a new generation of urban building energy models are currently being developed for the estimation of citywide hourly energy demand loads down to the individual building level.
Limbach Engineering & Design Services now uses advanced 3D Whole Building Energy Modeling software to assist building owners, architects, engineers, regulatory and rating agencies. The software drives projects toward energy sustainability and efficiency. The ability to perform 3D modeling gives the project team the opportunity to analyze not just equipment efficiency but also to provide an in-depth analysis of building performance. Uncovering hidden cost, energy and carbon savings, LEDS technology and consulting services support smarter, energy-efficient choices across new and refurbished structures. Compatible with our BIM/Revit models, Whole Building Energy Modeling seamlessly provides a complete visualization of the impact derived from conceptual architectural designs.
Some key capabilities of Whole Building Modeling include:
Solar Insolation Studies. These studies provide the ability to model external obstructions plus self and adjacent building shading, assuring that the building utilizes key environmental surroundings. This data is invaluable for solar panel design, landscape modeling, glazing placement, even allowing for the integration of passive solar designs into a project.
Daylighting Analysis. This analysis helps both architects and engineers to better design the building as well as select equipment. Whole Building Modeling utilizes 3D models to help us understand detailed interior spatial lighting. In conjunction with our Solar Analysis data, it can calculate lighting levels, daylight factors and glare from artificial lighting by generating 3D-geometric models of the space.
Flow Visualization. This model allows LEDS to validate the effectiveness of a building system. One such advanced flow study is a Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) model. CFD is an excellent tool for ‘what-if’ analysis in regards to airflow and heat transfer within and around a building. Effects from climate, internal energy sources and HVAC systems can all be accounted for. Traditional, experimental flow studies have limitations, as measurement sensors placed within a space can affect results. A CFD model has no such limitations, allowing a variety of scenarios to be accurately tested.
Life Cycle Cost Analysis. This type of analysis looks at the environmental properties of materials for construction. Utilizing that data, a user can make material or construction decisions and tradeoffs from early conceptual design right through to detailed design stages.
Energy Modeling plays an important role in driving down costs and analyzing energy efficient options early in the design phase. In addition to the above capabilities, Whole Building Modeling also provides Natural Ventilation Analysis, Regulatory Compliance Analysis, and Net Zero Building Analysis, plus many more technical services. Whole Building Modeling is another indispensable tool in the LEDS toolbox.
COLUMBUS, OH, - Limbach Engineering & Design Services (LEDS) has begun expanding its Ohio Design Center. Ron Turner, P.E., an engineer who is well-respected in and around the Columbus area, has been hired to extend LEDS’ reach in the midwest market. Turner, who joined LEDS on June 26, 2017 as a Senior Mechanical Engineer, was hand-selected for the role because of the continuing shift toward Design-Build delivery on MEP projects.
“I’ve admired Ron for a long time,” said Limbach Senior Vice President Jay Sharp. “He’s trusted in the community; he’s a great communicator; he’s a true engineering expert, and he lives the Limbach core values. This hire is as much about who he is as it is about what he can do. Ron is consistent with who we are and will represent Limbach well.”
A strategic hire such as this one is crucial in the rapidly-shifting construction marketplace. Limbach, with the in-house services of LEDS, provides building owners with more cost certainty and a single-point of accountability for the engineering, construction and service of building systems. An experienced and trusted engineer to lead the Ohio Design Center of LEDS gives Limbach a leg-up on the competition. Turner will have the opportunity to serve as Engineer of Record on design-build projects while also working in collaboration with local partners on other projects.
“The growth of Limbach Engineering & Design Services is a reflection of Limbach’s commitment to our customers,” said Tim Ward, President of LEDS. “The addition of very talented and experienced engineers closer to our clients is necessary to maintain our progress towards design-related delivery of building systems.”
Turner brings 26 years of industry experience with him to Limbach, including a significant portfolio of Project Management and Mechanical Design experience. His reputation in the Columbus community is 30 years in the making. Turner graduated from Franklin University in Columbus, Ohio and has spent a considerable portion of his professional career in the market, including a stint as a Partner, Project Manager and Senior Mechanical Engineer at HAWA, Inc. With a bevy of experience in the healthcare, laboratory and higher education vertical markets, Turner is the perfect fit for Limbach in Ohio.
“I’m happy to be a part of something very exciting here,” said Turner. “In Columbus, Limbach is the leader of the market. I look forward to helping by leading the effort in the shift toward design-build, growing the business in the process.”
Limbach Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: LMB) is an industry-leading provider of integrated building systems – managing all components of mechanical, electrical, plumbing and control systems, from system design and construction through service and maintenance. Limbach Engineering & Design Services provides professional engineering services to support all aspects of our construction and service offerings.
With headquarters in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Limbach Holdings, Inc. operates 13 strategically located full-service branch operations in 24 major U.S. markets. Limbach’s geographic reach spans Western Pennsylvania, Eastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey , New England, Ohio, Michigan, Southern California, and Mid-Atlantic, while Harper Limbach, a Limbach Holdings, Inc. company, services Florida. Limbach Engineering & Design Services is headquartered in Orlando, FL, and services all 13 Limbach branches. Limbach strives to be our customers’ 1st Choice in terms of the services we provide, markets we serve and regions where we operate. Limbach’s commitment to safety, advanced technology, human development and reliable execution enables us to attract and retain the industry’s top leadership talent, skilled craftspeople and professional management staff.