Carol Brzozowski 2015-04-20 17:50:56
Bill Dalton has been working with electricity in one form or another since 1976. He currently owns Clem Janes & Associates, an energy auditing and LEED efficiency consulting business focusing on commercial office and multifamily buildings larger than 10,000 square feet, in Miami, FL. Dalton’s passion is tapping into the energetic spirit of the energy savings trend, outlined by EPA’s ENERGY STAR program, which states that America’s most energy-efficient buildings (those that have earned EPA’s ENERGY STAR) use 35% less energy than typical buildings, without performance or comfort tradeoffs. More efficient buildings have higher occupancy rates and increased asset value, compared to typical buildings. Tenants seek real estate with lower utility bills, and more organizations are implementing leasing policies mandating environmentally friendly space. Recently passed Florida legislation mandates the State of Florida only lease space in privately owned buildings meeting certain energy requirements. Dalton is trained to ASHRAE’s Building Energy Simulation standards. He’s in a joint venture with Luis Pinos, P.E., of Green Media HD to install real-time measurement and verification equipment in commercial buildings. Says Dalton: “It is one thing to see a reduction in utility expense on the monthly bill, but it is entirely different for your tenants, staff, and customers to see it in real time on a touchscreen display in your lobby.” What He Does Day to Day “That depends on the day,” he says, with a chuckle. “Some days, I am an energy auditor inspecting buildings and equipment; some days, I am the marketing director contacting prospective clients. Other days, I am a technical writer preparing reports and contracts. There are also days I am a technician installing equipment to measure and record energy variables for a building.” What Led Him to This Line of Work Dalton, who holds a B.S. degree in professional administration from Barry University, began his career after high school as a ground man for a powerline construction company that was upgrading power distribution systems for rural electric cooperatives in the southeast United States. He became a journeyman lineman. Dalton then became a Florida Keys Electric Cooperative (FKEC) substation supervisor and associate engineer and oversaw the utility's SCADA system installation in its substations and generating plant. He was the person to throw the switch joining Key West with the Florida mainland electric grid. Subsequent jobs included chief engineer for an upscale Florida Keys resort and facilities maintenance head at a South Florida high-end community. Dalton oversaw maintenance and capital projects for a large housing conglomerate based in south Dade County. He formed his own company in 2004, after realizing many businesses could benefit from his knowledge of reducing fixed costs in commercial building operations. He eventually zeroed in on energy auditing, earning Certified Energy Auditor certification from the Association of Energy Engineers. Dalton credits his business growth to the “inverted pyramid” strategy taught to him by his mentor, Norman Shapiro, former Sunshine Kitchens president. “You start with one happy customer, and build your client base in the shape of an inverted pyramid,” says Dalton. Some of his happiest clients include high-rise condominiums, pharmacies, and Goodwill Superstores, each having saved hundreds of thousands of dollars implementing Dalton’s energy audit recommendations. He has formed strategic partnerships with professional engineering firms such as Wilson & Girgenti, which designs commercial buildings’ mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems and performs Energy Star services for international property management firms such as CB Richard Ellis and Jones, Lang, LaSalle. Dalton serves as the South Florida contact for ENERGY STAR verifications. What He Likes Best About His Work Dalton derives satisfaction in knowing the way of the future is smarter, energy-efficient buildings and that he has a role in that effort going forward. The foundation is in understanding what is happening now in buildings through energy audits, he adds. “The more information we can provide to building owners and operators, the better they can manage their buildings.” His Biggest Challenge Conveying to building owners “the enormous waste of energy and water most buildings have, and their potential for reducing those expenses with often no-cost or very low-cost solutions” is Dalton’s biggest challenge. “It is difficult to get past the gatekeepers and communicate directly with the decision makers.” BE Carol Brzozowski specializes in topics related to energy and technology. Help Us Highlight Industry Superstars Business Energy is accepting Reader Profile nominees. E-mail us for more information, at BEeditor@forester.net.
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