RKB Group was founded out of a need for qualified technical professionals that can effectively support real estate with planning and implementing energy projects.
Our team of accredited professionals has experience across many industries; managing capital (energy) project plans, capturing incentive and grant funding, and being the eyes and ears for building owners when it comes to Local Law compliance and market opportunities.
Whether for Local Law 87 or Local Law 97 compliance, ESG initiatives, or to improve asset value, energy/decarbonization assessments provide a complete review of the building systems and define a plan for the efficient use of capital.
The assessments will help uncover existing system deficiencies and sources of energy waste, provide insights on current energy consumption and targets for improvement, and define the best approach to implementing energy efficiency measures, renewable energy systems, microgrid strategies, electrification through the use of heat pumps, or replacement of obsolete equipment. Various sources of funding can be employed to help reduce the assessment cost to the owner including New York State funding through the NYSERDA FlexTech or On-site Energy Manager (OsEM) Programs.
Many utilities continue to increase incentives and grants that reduce out-of-pocket costs of projects. We streamline the process to qualify projects for maximum funding and protect stakeholders against common pitfalls that disqualify buildings for funding.
Most projects that save energy qualify for incentives, including:
*Various systems and some geographic regions have elevated / bonus incentives.
Ideally, decarbonization assessments identify ~10 projects that are viable from a cost, incentive, constructability, and operations and maintenance perspective.
Equally as important as an organized design process is the smooth transition to project execution, ensuring the project is constructed according to the plans and properly communicated throughout an organization.
We can assist with capital acquisition and financing which is increasingly accessible for building owners through numerous programs.
Various states and jurisdictions continue to introduce new laws for benchmarking and reporting on annual carbon emissions and energy use, such as NYC's Local Law 84 or NJ's new benchmarking policy.
A good initial step a real estate owner can take with energy management and decarbonization is to accurately baseline energy and water consumption, and evaluate the given data as a starting point for capital project and operational improvement planning.