What We Do

Altura works with clients on sustainability initiatives across the entire life cycle of planning, design, execution, verification and continuous improvement.

Sustainability
Advisory Services

Decarbonization Roadmaps

Decarbonization Roadmaps

One of the questions we hear most often is, “my organization made a commitment to be carbon neutral, how can we hit our targets without just by offsets?”

Altura’s services are designed to bridge this gap between lofty goals and proven results. Using a comprehensive stakeholder engagement process, we work to fully understand your current practices, material impacts and desired outcomes. Our approach integrates decarbonization practices into your core organizational activities and workflows.

Once the planning process is complete, we partner with you to prioritize and implement projects at the building level, including automation system optimization, energy system retrofits, and operational improvements.
Performance Verification

Performance Verification

Buildings are increasingly resembling dynamic networks of computers and smart devices more than just static structures. With this evolution comes a great deal of technology risk. We take the approach of starting with the systems you have in your buildings today, benchmarking current performance, and choosing the performance metrics that make sense for you. This approach provides visibility as you implement new projects, establishes accountability for the performance of each component of those projects, and enables you to automate the measurement & reporting of GHG emissions reductions.

Environmental Programs

Environmental Programs

We have found over decades of experience that successful environmental programs are targeted, data-driven, and organized in manageable phases and projects. Altura has built a flexible cloud-based portal for managing the performance of your real estate portfolio against your specific goals.

Dashboards and scorecards are most valuable when they are built according to your workflows and designed to focus on the information that you can use to drive progress toward your goals. Connect with our team to explore how we can partner with you on this journey, leveraging our unique combination of expertise in engineering, environmental science, software, and construction delivery methods.

Analytics

SkySpark Deployment and Management

SkySpark Deployment and Management

The SkySpark platform is widely used in buildings around the world, totalling well over 1 billion square feet, delivering open, scalable energy analytics applications. Altura was an early adopter and is a leading provider of services surrounding the implementation, integration, and optimization of SkySpark. We are a Value Added Reseller for the software and have over 100 million square feet of buildings with active analytics in place that we manage.

We leverage Project Haystack to deliver industry standard, interoperable metadata tagging, unlocking the power of the data across multiple platforms. And by using an open, standardized and scalable data model, we are able to deliver value-added applications that feed into existing and new business processes through analytics and fault detection, enhanced reporting, and predictive maintenance.

Our services range from basic assistance with IT connectivity and data imports to implementing sparks and building custom applications to address client workflow needs.

Key custom SkySpark applications include:

  • Dedicated data import and database management tools
  • Standardized point and equipment naming and tagging libraries
  • Extensive libraries of rule-based and predictive analytics
  • Machine learning performance baseline modeling
  • M&V reporting
  • Issue, ticket and project tracking apps
  • Utility billing and customer recharge management tools
  • Asset management data delivery and validation tools

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Analytic-Based Energy Management

Analytic-Based Energy Management

Energy management is a broad set of activities that is different in every organization. We have developed a suite of Energy Management Information System tools and processes that are highly flexible and customizable to ensure maximum impact and return on investment from your analytics program.

Key capabilities include:

  • Monitoring-based Commissioning
  • Business process development and integration
  • Smart, accessible machine learning performance baselines and modeling
  • Rule-based and predictive analytics to identify what matters most
  • Utility billing and customer recharge management tools
  • Issue and ticket tracking tools to make processes transparent and manageable
  • Asset management data delivery and validation tools
  • Automated work order generation via 3rd party CMMS integration
  • BAS programming optimization
  • Capital project development and implementation
Facility Performance Management

Facility Performance Management

The greatest value in a building analytics program is in the integration with and improvement of human capital and team workflows. Altura has built numerous tools on top of the SkySpark platform to deliver the valuable information to the right people at the right time and track activities from issue identification through on-going performance.

We can cost-effectively customize an Energy Management Information System for your building(s) with highly configurable views and automated email and dashboard reporting. We have also leveraged advanced data science and machine learning techniques to automate the process of generating custom baselines and M&V benchmarks for your building. You can now view building performance against smart baselines that are continuously calculated based on pre-project and post-project operating data and weather.

Smart Building Technology

BAS Design and Optimization

BAS Design and Optimization

The Building Automation System (BAS) is a critical component of successful building operations. Yet it is often poorly understood and typically managed by outside vendors who can significantly bottleneck processes and drive up costs.

Altura uses its diverse experience to help identify and design the most flexible, scalable and competitive BAS platforms (i.e. multi-vendor sales and service channels available with no regional territories). The resultant systems integrate to devices from any number of building data protocols and vendors, meet and exceed network/IT security standards, and can be installed on preferred hardware of choice to enable technical support by a competitive and healthy vendor market.

We have years of experience in delivering open building automation systems that deliver the lowest total cost of ownership. Our experience includes the migration of proprietary controls systems to new open systems, often without the need to gut and replace everything.

We go beyond design and consulting by commissioning the BAS systems to ensure they meet the design intent and standards. We can also directly implement the complex optimization programming that is often problematic for many contractors, lowering total project costs and risk while improving performance outcomes.

Connected Commissioning

Connected Commissioning

Connected Commissioning refers to an enhanced form of building commissioning (Cx) that supports and relies on the integration of the building controls automation (BAS), building data analytics, project design & construction documents, and where applicable, the Integrated Work Order Management System (IWMS) system, to better meet owner project requirements. Smart Cx improves the efficiency and lasting impact of the commissioning process, ensures continuity of building information transfer from design & construction into operations, and ultimately improves and extends the operations and performance of buildings.

Key differentiators of our approach include:

  • Emphasis on BAS design and optimization, including deep facilitation of best in class sequences of operations and controls bench testing before deployment
  • Data analytics integration to improve process efficiency and reduce schedule risk
  • Automated functional testing of terminal equipment ensuring 100% testing and continuous re-testing
  • Asset data management to ensure project data is delivered smoothly to operations
  • Warranty period commissioning to identify issues under warranty and optimize the building under real load conditions
Smart Network Design

Smart Network Design

Successful smart building programs start with a high quality, reliable data infrastructure. We work with our clients to build robust data infrastructures that prepare them for the future, while delivering immediate improvements. We deliver standards for all vendors to follow that include all of the details necessary for successful integration, including Design Standards, Network Architecture Standards, and IT Configuration Standards.

New Construction
Commissioning

Fundamental Commissioning

Fundamental Commissioning

Commissioning is not a one-size-fits-all process – it should be tailored to the owner’s goals, environmental constraints, design intent, and human resources. Altura will formulate a cost-effective and performance-driven commissioning plan for your project. Our team has proven success with a wide variety of frameworks, such as LEED, CALGreen, various Net Zero Energy definitions, ASHRAE, OSHPD, and more. Our experience includes healthcare, labs, pharmaceutical manufacturing, commercial office, hotel and resort, university, K-12 schools, and multi-family projects.

We utilize data analytics on all of our Cx projects to deliver a more efficient and valuable process – we call it Connected Commissioning. Altura pioneered an Automated Functional Performance Testing approach and toolset that can achieve 100% testing of equipment along with significant cost and time savings.

Key differentiators of our Connected Cx approach include:

  • Emphasis on BAS design and optimization, including deep facilitation of best in class sequences of operations and controls bench testing before deployment
  • Data analytics integration to improve process efficiency and reduce schedule risk
  • Automated functional testing of terminal equipment ensuring 100% testing and continuous re-testing
  • Asset data management to ensure project data is delivered smoothly to operations
  • Warranty period commissioning to identify issues under warranty and optimize the building under real load conditions
Enhanced CX and Measurement and Verification

Enhanced CX and Measurement and Verification

Our analytics-based Connected Commissioning approach delivers the basis for a truly enhanced Cx process with built-in Measurement and Verification (M&V). Starting in the design phase, we are able to maximize the value of key design components and equipment selections to ensure the lowest cost of ownership in actual operations. We can also leverage data analytics to deliver a robust on-going metering program that often does not require extensive dedicated sub-metering.

Our goal is to build design performance goals into ongoing reports that not only show how the building is tracking against targets, but also why performance changing through detailed analytics and customized M&V reporting.

Custom Solutions

Energy Systems Retrofit

Energy Systems Retrofit

Don’t let good projects die with a nice report sitting on a shelf. Altura has the tools and expertise to see energy improvement projects through the entire lifecycle from planning through commissioning and into operations. This service can be as simple as providing bid documents in place of a typical engineering report, and can be as complex as bringing the financing and construction management services needed to get the project done with turn-key delivery.

With projects totaling well over $100M, our demonstrated results in this area include major central energy plant retrofits, comprehensive building control system retrofits, portfolio-wide HVAC and lighting upgrades, and portfolio-wide solar PV deployments.

Program Management

Program Management

Altura has combined many of our core services to develop, implement, and evolve custom energy and environmental programs for large portfolios. These programs have included custom green building rating systems, environmental steering committee facilitation, green technology evaluation and implementation support, and environmental design guidelines.