Energy-efficiency programs seek to change end-user behavior in favor of practices that reduce energy waste or provide related benefits. Cadmus helps clients take energy-efficiency programs into the market by recruiting subscribers, training them, and removing barriers to implementation.
Our multidisciplinary focus integrates marketing, outreach, training, financing, small business development, reporting, and consensus building. Often, providing end-user implementation support involves serving as consultants to federal, state, and local governments, to universities, and to school districts on behalf of our clients.
We also work with large organizations interested in learning how to leverage the federal ENERGY STAR program and the suite of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating systems in order to quickly benefit from the transparency of these national programs.
As part of program support, Cadmus provides a variety of strategic consulting services to help clients achieve their green building, energy-efficiency, and sustainability goals, including the following:
- Training: We provide training in LEED and LEED certification to companies that want to pursue this approach to energy efficiency. We also train energy managers employed by state agencies in how to run their facilities in a more energy-efficient manner.
- Research and Education: Our support efforts related to green buildings include information dissemination. For example, we research and write papers that explore the overlaps between energy efficiency and green buildings for such clients as the Appalachian Regional Council and the Smithsonian Institute.
- Green Travel: We support state and local rating programs for green businesses. For example, we currently support the Wisconsin Department of Tourism’s Travel Green Wisconsin Program.
- Feasibility studies: We undertake engineering, economic, and financial lifecycle analyses to determine the feasibility and potential returns of energy-related projects. For example, we assessed how owners and operators might benefit from adapting their buildings to participate in a distributed energy system to provide heating and cooling services contemplated by the government of Arlington County, Virginia.
- Energy assurance plans: We work with local governments on developing plans that will guide their response to natural or manmade disasters that disrupt local or regional power supplies.
- Energy modeling: We assess how a building’s energy consumption might change in response to modifications in components such as heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems, ductwork, or lighting regimes.