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Civil and Architectural Engineering|College of Engineering and Applied Science

Building Energy Research Group (BERG)

Is your building an ‘energy hog’?  Is it too hot in the summer, or too cold in the winter?  Do you have a new project in need of a performance and sustainability overhaul?

BERG, the UW Building Energy Research Group, uses faculty expertise and advanced students to improve Wyoming buildings in terms of design and energy performance.  This service is aligned with UW’s mission as a land-grant institution, emphasizing research, public service, and practical education.

We can provide: 

(1) Design assistance. 

We can make a parametric 3D model of your design to simulate performance, function, energy use, even aesthetic quality.  Then we can suggest improvements to the overall design including an estimate of energy savings.  Improvements of 20-30% are usually possible. 

(2) Simulation and Analysis. 

We can evaluate your existing building by simulating its energy use and calibrating the results to your utility bills.  We also might make some field measurements of the building’s performance.  Then we can model various alternatives and estimate the energy savings.  These improvements might include: new windows, better insulation, shading, better control strategies, new heating & cooling equipment.  Again, improvements of 20-30% are usually possible. 

(3) Building commissioning (Cx).

We can provide comprehensive Cx services which will meet ASHRAE level-III energy auditing standards.   Level III, entitled “Detailed Analysis of Capital-Intensive Modifications,” is the highest standard.  The process includes a thorough diagnostic monitoring and functional testing of building systems using extensive on site data collection.  Our diagnostic monitoring will find any operational problems with building systems.  The benefits of Cx study include: energy efficiency, water savings, improved indoor environmental quality and occupant comfort, and extended equipment life.  We can also perform lower-level audits and assessments.

(4) Renewable energy options. 

We can evaluate options such as solar, geothermal, and wind.  We can also help you understand what rebates and grants may be available. 

Fees:  Negotiated on a case-by-case basis.

Note:  Priority is given to federal, state, and local government buildings in Wyoming.  Projects for non-profit groups and private owners may be accepted on a limited basis.  If you require conventional architectural services, you should contact a professional architect.

University of Wyoming
College of Engineering and Applied Science

Department of Civil & Architectural Engineering

1000 E. University Avenue
Laramie, WY 82071
Office Phone: 307.766.5255
Fax Number: 307.766.2221

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