With the growing awareness of climate change and its impact on the environment as well as the need to address these issues responsibly; the MOECC (Ministry of Environment and Climate Change) has developed strict guidelines and requirements for any future development in an effort to reduce our carbon footprint, and increase our ‘Environmental Awareness’. These

CHP, or combined heat and power, is an innovative way of reducing the operating costs of your building by generating a portion of your buildings on-site electrical demand and supplementing heat to your primary heating source and domestic hot water systems. Natural gas is burned in an engine to produce electricity and useful heat. CHP

Standby generators are necessary in many buildings as part of the Emergency electrical power supply and they are used to power a number of life safety devices.  Such devices include the fire pumps, fire alarm, emergency lighting, exit lighting, smoke evacuation and pressurization fans, and the elevators.  The emergency electrical power system along with the

Some of our clients are often surprised when they see the installed cost of a Combined Heat and Power (CHP) plant.  Their point of reference is often the cost of a back-up generator.  The cost difference between the CHP and the backup generators is significant, even when accounting for the extra mechanical, electrical and venting

Disaster Proof your heat and power with CHP As New York City and surrounding communities were left partially flooded and prolonged power outages after Hurricane Sandy, the lights and heat stayed on a select number of facilities including in the New York University and Co-Op City high rise housing complex. [ref: The New York Times]

Our Industry is Changing

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Efficiency Engineering has operated out of Cambridge for over  25 years to help building owners save energy.  Its foundation is based on heating plant retrofit projects in Ontario where capital upgrades are value-engineered to be right-sized for the building and operate more efficiently. Lately we have undergone a change in philosophy where micro cogeneration (combined

Introduction A Detailed Engineering Study for Combined Heat & Power (CHP) was recently completed by Efficiency Engineering at a world class hotel located in Niagara Falls, Ontario. The purpose of the study, funded by the Ontario Government under the Process and Systems Program, was to determine the feasibility of implementing a CHP system in order

Efficiency Engineering recently completed a Combined Heat and Power (CHP) feasibility study under the Process & Systems program offered by the government of Ontario. The purpose of the study was to show the building owner how to conserve energy costs by installing a behind-the-meter CHP system. The study was performed at a 110 unit apartment

The New Technical and Financial Realities Traditional Electricity and Natural Gas Supply Most buildings in Ontario are supplied with both Electricity and Natural Gas.  Typically, the electricity supplied to a building is produced from varous sources, including hydro, natural gas, coal, nuclear and renewables.  In most instances, fossil fuels (natural gas and coal) are used