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Pepper Construction Company

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Mailing Address:643 N. Orleans, Chicago, IL. 60654
Primary Contact Name:Susan Heinking
Contact Phone:312-266-4700
Contact Email:[email protected]
Which most closely describes your business?Contractor
Indicate professional licensing of key staff, where applicable:Illinois Registered Architect (RA)
Indicate key markets for your organization:• Commercial Office
• Data Centers
• Healthcare
• High Rise
• Hospitality
• Institutional / Government
• Laboratories
• Mixed Use
• Multi-family Residential
• Process / Industrial / Manufacturing
• Restaurants
• Retail
• Schools (K-12)
• Schools (Higher Ed)
• Sports Arenas / Venues
• Supermarkets
Please list core areas of company expertise• General Contracting
• High Performance and Sustainable Consulting
• Virtual Construction
Please list relevant experience providing energy services in the Chicago metro area:• Pepper Construction's Energy Star Portfolio Manager Participation
• MEP Coordinators: Les Bencze, Chris Janke, Dave Sigler, Jack Covello, Rob Dvorak
• Measurement & Verification for Family Health Partnership
• Commissioning (Fundamental, Retro and As-built)
• LEED Administration
• Return On Investment Analysis
• Energy Modeling
• Energy Benchmarking
• Energy Star Portfolio Management
• Local Utility Incentives and Grant Facilitation
Please describe your experience that qualifies you to conduct benchmarking and data verification services, including specific training on use of Portfolio Manager, ASHRAE Level I, II or III audits (or similar):Pepper Construction Company's High Performance team utilizes ASHRAE Level-1 audits toward the identification of the potential for energy improvements. We use the ASHRAE Level 1 audit procedure in the beginning stage of our Measurement and Verification process. This is intended to help our team understand where the building performs relative to its peers; establish a baseline for measuring improvements; deciding whether further evaluation is warranted; and if so, where and how to focus that effort. Also, if appropriate, we will outline the range of potential financial incentives available from Federal, State, Local, and Utility sources.
The next step in our evaluation is the ASHRAE Level-2 audit/assessment. Using the findings from Level 1, we evaluate the building energy systems in detail to define a variety of potential energy-efficiency improvements. The process includes detailed discussions with the building Ownership, Management, and Occupants to explore potential problem areas, and clarify best economic goals of the building owner.
Most Measurement and Verification projects do not need to go beyond Level 2. However, if some of the system upgrades or retrofits revealed by the Level-2 audit require significant investments of capital, personnel, and other limited resources investment, we suggest a Level-3 ASHRAE audit, before making a large level of investment.
The ASHRAE Level-3 audit focuses on a “whole-building computer simulation”, where a computer program is used to very accurately model the way the brick-and-mortar building would respond to changes in the energy systems, whether those are major HVAC retrofits or architectural modifications to walls, windows, and roof. The ASHRAE Level-3 audit involves much more detailed data collection over the course of weeks or months. Once the three-dimensional computer model is responding like the real building, changes to energy systems can be simulated with very accurate results. We also utilize Energy Star Portfolio Manager to get the most accurate results. Combining that process with our cost estimating expertise supports informed investment decisions and best Return on Investment strategies.
Pepper Construction Company benchmarks their own offices in Energy Star Portfolio Manager as well as for all LEED for Existing Buildings that we administer. Our own office in Chicago falls under the Chicago Benchmarking Ordinance so we know what it takes as an Owner/Operator to comply with the City's request. We have a great experience with Energy Star Portfolio Manger use it as a tool for understanding how our buildings are operating and finding strategies to help making them perform at higher levels.
Provide a brief summary of your experience providing building improvements to enhance energy performance:• Projects receiving ICECF:
o Evelyn Peace Tyner Interpretive Center
• Geothermal ground source heat pump
• 18 kW solar photovoltaic array
• Green vegetated roof
• Energy efficient hand dryers
• Monitoring energy consumption
• Calculate solar output
• Assist in EPA case studies
o Shaw Technology Learning Center
• Geothermal heat pumps with 84,350 VG heat transfer wells
• Green vegetated roofs
• Daylight harvesting
• Energy efficient windows and envelope insulation systems
o Hospice of Northeastern Illinois (aka Journey Care)
• High efficiency lighting
• HVAC controls
• Variable refrigerant flow system
• Grants: Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation; Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity
o Allstate
• Compliance with the New Building Institute's Advance Building Core Performance Guidelines that focus on HVAC equipment efficiency.
• Daylighting controls responsive to window light variation
o Family Health Partnership Clinic
• LEED NC EAc5 Measurement and Verification
• Grants: Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation; Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity
o District 214
• LEED Administration for Buffalo Grove High School Natatorium
• LEED Administration for Prospect High School Natatorium
• LEED EBOM Administration for Elk Grove High School
• 150kW Solar Array analysis
o Advocate Christ Medical Center – Ambulatory Pavilion
• High performance curtain wall
• LED lighting
• High efficiency boilers and chillers
• Variable primary chilled water flow
If requested, how many references can you provide?Over 3
Entry Date: 6/22/2015

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