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Jim Fowler founded Energy Audits of Alaska, an Alaskan Corporation, to perform commercial energy audits in Alaska. A year later he started Global Energy Audits to perform the same work in the lower 48 states. Both companies perform benchmarking and ASHRAE Level 1, 2 and 3 and Investment Grade Energy Audits on commercial, industrial and municipal buildings. This is all we do. We’re not contractors, we don’t sell equipment or software and we’re not looking for an ESCO contract.
This singular focus allows us to minimize your utility costs, save you the most energy and optimize your building management - for both the short and long term. An energy audit is an essential step in reducing the energy costs and energy consumption of a building. If you’re a private building owner, that means more money in your pocket. If you’re a municipal building owner, it means more of your budget goes toward your mission rather than into your buildings, and if you’re a building manager, it translates to increased earnings for your client. Whether it’s a manufacturing facility, a school on Alaska’s north slope, a hockey rink, a warehouse, a mixed use commercial building, multi-unit dwelling, hotel or a municipal transit maintenance facility, we have the depth and breadth to evaluate, analyze and recommend ways to reduce your energy consumption and your operating costs. As a building operator or owner, in today’s financial environment, your highest return on operating or investment capital is energy cost reduction. Where else can you get a 10%-50% annual return? As a municipal building owner we help you turn capital allocations into operating cash.
We look forward to hearing from you and identifying ways to save you money and make the world a greener place!
Welcome to one of the few companies focused on commercial energy audits. We benchmark and perform ASHRAE Level 1, 2, 3 and investment grade energy audits on commercial, industrial and municipal buildings. We specialize in performing thorough, comprehensive, detailed, high-ROI energy audits to help our clients reduce utility costs, save energy and facilitate efficient building management. We also tailor our research and recommendations to fit your investment and building ownership strategies and your capital and operating budgets.
As a private building owner, you know that your utility bill is your largest single building operating cost, often accounting for more than 40% of all of your building operating costs. As a municipal building owner, you know that your building’s operating costs are 50% of the total 40 year life cycle cost of your building.
Mixed use buildings are complicated mini-ecosystems. They have multiple, interactive systems, competing usage demands, changing occupancy requirements and of course, seasonal climate conditions.
It takes a specialized skill set coupled with a very broad experience base to properly evaluate a complex building, consider the tremendous range of technologies that can provide energy efficiency improvements and then determine whether they are financially justified and which ones fit the client’s ownership scenario. Our Principals are all registered Professional Engineers (PE’s), Certified Energy Auditors (CEA’s) and/or Certified Energy Managers (CEM’s). We have this unique combination of skills, experience and perspective.
Through an energy audit we evaluate “what is”, and through our analysis, research and recommendations, show you “what can be”. You get thorough research and a detailed report, grounded in reality, complete with costs, savings and ROI for each recommendation, and sample specifications of any recommended equipment.
As a follow-on step, we can also work with you to develop an implementation strategy that folds into your multi-year budget, business and operating plans. It will include your local Utility Provider’s incentives and/or match funding, define scopes of work and can go as far as soliciting qualified contractors to perform the recommended retrofits.
FOUNDER & PRINCIPAL
James Fowler, PE, CEM, CBCP
Jim Fowler has been a registered Professional Engineer in Mechanical Engineering for over 25 years and currently holds licenses in Washington and Alaska. He has additional certifications in Commercial Energy Auditing (CEA), Commercial Energy Manager (CEM) in Building Commissioning (CBCP) from the Association of Energy Engineers, and has Retro-Commissioning training through NEBB. Within the last 3 years, as the founder and principal of Energy Audits of Alaska and Global Energy Audits, he has performed over 400 Level 2, Level 3 and Investment Grade Energy audits on more than 4 millions square feet of municipal, industrial and commercial buildings for municipalities and commercial building owners. He has deep experience in cold climate energy efficiency in remote locations including a dozen native Alaskan villages in the North Slope, Bering Straits, Yukon Koyukuk, Yakutat and Northwest Arctic Boroughs. Audited buildings have included schools, maintenance and repair shops, warehouses, commercial kitchens, office buildings, multi-family housing, swimming pools, ice arenas, waste and potable water treatment plants, health clinics, municipal infrastructure and fire stations. Fowler has also been on teams performing other energy efficiency projects including the most recent co-generation study for the UMED district in Anchorage and the preliminary engineering study for a proposed power transmission line from Barrow to Atqasuk on the North Slope.
Jim has been a landlord, has owned and operated two engineering and manufacturing businesses for 20 years and was a general contractor prior to shifting his focus to commercial and industrial energy efficiency in 2010. This background as a landlord, business owner, contractor and facilities manager provides the deep, broad “real world” perspective that shows up in his realistic, bottom-line oriented energy efficiency recommendations. While many energy auditors perform audits as a sideline business, it is Fowler’s sole focus and full-time activity. While other auditors may perform 2 or 3 audits each year, Jim performs 30-40; and because every building is unique, and every building brings with it a new set of technical and energy consumption issues, this level of activity brings you, as the client, a broad, deep perspective and a wealth of experience that few other auditor’s possess.
Fowler has 3 successful business start-ups, 2 acquisitions and 2 business sales across 4 industries involving combinations of private equity and debt. He has 16 years of experience in residential construction, has managed over 300 engineering and manufacturing projects ranging in size from 20 to 2000 man hours and has a combined 25 years of experience in engineering and manufacturing operations, finance and business management.
Jim has family in Anchorage and currently resides in Palmer. He spends 90% of his time in Alaska and the other 10% on an island outside of Seattle.
OUR COMMON SENSE OPERATING PRINCIPLES
Energy Efficiency Measures (EEM’s) and Conservation Measures (ECM’s) have to show the right return, and make sense for you, your business and your building. If you can make a higher return elsewhere in your business, invest your capital there. If we can’t show you how to get an EEM or ECM implemented, we won’t recommend it.
AREAS OF SPECIFIC EXPERIENCE
Cold regions energy audits
Remote locations and Alaskan villages
Pools, ice arenas and community recreation centers
Transit storage, maintenance and repair shops
Office, retail and mixed use buildings
Warehouses and storage facilities
Senior centers and assisted living facilities
Manufacturing and Industrial process facilities
PARTNERS, COLLABORATORS & ASSOCIATES
Richard S. Armstrong, PE, CEM, CBCP, CGBE
After more than 30 years of design, engineering and implementation of mechanical and electrical systems in commercial and municipal buildings, Mr. Armstrong expanded into energy consulting. For the last 15 years Armstrong has performed energy audits, created and advised on public and private energy policy and conducted testing and research toward energy reduction.
As founder and principal of RSA Engineering, Armstrong engineered and oversaw implementation of all types of building systems including waste heat recovery, HVAC and electrical systems and lift and pump stations. In addition to performing energy audits on nearly every type of public and private building, Armstrong is also the National Science Foundation’s mechanical, electrical, and energy consultant for Antarctica, helping determine and reduce the continent’s annual fuel oil consumption.
Armstrong maintains professional engineering licenses in both Mechanical and Electrical engineering in Alaska, Washington, California and Hawaii.
Energy Audits of Alaska partners with Neudorfer Engineers, Inc. (NEI) to perform Retro-Commissioning in Alaska. Bill Neudorfer was performing testing and balancing work in Alaska more than 30 years ago under his father, founder of NEI. Today NEI performs commissioning, retro-commissioning and testing and balancing work worldwide.