Commercial & Industrial


Our Skills

Boosting energy efficiency of commercial and industrial facilities

The annual energy expenditure for the more than five million commercial facilities in the U.S. totals over $200 billion. Of the energy used, an estimated 30-percent is considered inefficient or unnecessary, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. Further, 45-percent of the country’s greenhouse gas emissions are attributed to commercial facilities. In 2011, the U.S. government launched the “Better Buildings Initiative” to promote energy-efficiency upgrades of buildings that are more than 20 years old. A 20-percent improvement in energy efficiency would reduce energy bills for corporations and business owners by about $40 billion per year, freeing up funds to hire workers, develop new products, and create shareholder value.

OpTerra has a proven track record of designing and implementing comprehensive energy service solutions for commercial facilities. We are sensitive to capital budgeting and the desire to minimize paybacks on infrastructure improvement investments. Our engineers review projects holistically and develop a range of information that facility managers can review to support investment decisions including greenhouse gas emission reductions, onsite energy generation, and increased levels of occupant and patron comfort. We also can identify opportunities to offset utility bills through participation in utility demand response programs.

Commercial markets

To help commercial customers achieve the best possible return on their investments, we identify and secure a range of project financing structures and investment incentives that require low upfront capital for energy-efficiency and clean onsite generation projects. Examples of funding may include:

  • Utility incentives and on-bill loans
  • Federal, state and local investment incentives and grants
  • Power purchase agreements

What we do

Comprehensive Services

OpTerra has extensive experience comprehensively examining clients' commercial buildings and providing integrated energy reduction solutions. This approach combines our expertise in the areas of lighting, HVAC systems, mechanical systems, data center solutions and efficiency controls.

We have installed turnkey solutions for customers that incorporate many different energy reduction methods that resulted in substantial savings.

Commercial Clients Include:

  • CB Richard Ellis
  • Duke Realty
  • BioMed Realty Trust
  • Genesis Management Group
  • Transwestern
  • The JBG Companies
  • Cushman & Wakefield
  • Cambridge Property Group
  • Jones Lang LaSalle