Energy Code Consulting

With energy codes rapidly getting more complex, new energy requirements coming into place continuously and jurisdictions moving towards net zero carbon and energy goals by 2030, it is more important than ever to clearly understand the energy code requirements  from the earliest steps of a project.

reLoad’s team of experienced energy engineers are well versed in the various codes, whether it’s for rezoning, building permits, green building requirements, district energy, step code, etc. and have deep understanding of ASHRAE, NECB, and others. We map out the energy codes and targets applicable to your project, lay out the requirements for each permit stage, explain what design implications exist, and clarify a path forward from concept through to project completion, finding synergies and alignments to deliver project energy efficiency through to the final design.

building, exterior, architecture
light bulb, lights, electricity

Energy Modeling

reLoad’s approach is to use energy modeling as a tool to provide value to each project we work on. We truly believe in a process where energy modeling is completed to provide design guidance as an integrated part of project delivery, rather than a just a point on a check list. We are known for the value we bring to the team, using an energy model with a collaborative and communicative methodology to guide the trajectory of a project to energy reduction success. We work collaboratively with the full project design team to test options and provide recommendations based on efficiency and cost-benefit scenarios.

Passive Design

reLoad believes that each building project should be approached from a “passive first” principle. A view where every kWh saved is the cheapest and most sustainable path that we should aspire for in all of our buildings and communities. reLoad’s passive design toolbox includes a deep understanding of passive strategies and technical experience ranging from building science, thermal comfort, and the importance and complexities of designing for daylight. We use a mix of technical resources and software to ensure a design uses its environment to its greatest potential.

house, cabin, cottage
panel, solar, power

Net Zero Energy/Carbon

Net Zero Energy/Carbon

Whole Systems Design

Building performance is an integral part of community sustainability, resilience planning, and the health of human and ecological systems. We can’t think of buildings or systems in isolation. A truly successful project considers the synergies within its program and surrounding ecology while aligning technical solutions to tread as lightly on the environment as possible. Water, energy and waste are three succinct technical metrics where co-existence should be explored. reLoad’s team is unique in its experience, thinking about projects as a piece contributing to a whole-system of a larger network. reLoad’s Martina Soderlund is a Regenerative Practitioner, and through a strategic collaboration with Archineers, our team provides clients with truly performance-based design strategies for water, energy and waste systems. We explore connection points from the technical system side with social sustainability and education at its core.

electrical planning, electrical installation, elektrik