Efficiency Projects – Buildings & Industrial Systems


We specialize in uncovering opportunities to improve energy performance in commercial, industrial, institutional, and government facilities. 5 Star Solutions was founded with an emphasis on energy efficiency, and we focus on results and innovation.


Building operations account for 40% of national energy consumption. Identifying and capturing efficiency opportunities can achieve substantial reductions in energy usage and expenditures. Energy auditing and re-commissioning services uncover efficiency opportunities.  Energy efficiency is also a vital consideration when designing or purchasing a building. Whether you have one building or fifty, we are prepared to serve you, as we have experience working with single facilities as well as multi-building portfolios.


Energy Audits


We offer customized, project-based energy audits for a wide variety of building types. We also specialize in system-level energy audits, due diligence for property acquisitions, re-commissioning of previously commissioned building systems, implementation support, and validation of building Energy Star ratings in Portfolio Manager. With our expertise in strategic energy consulting and energy management, we can help you establish corporate energy efficiency goals or integrate efficiency into your existing sustainability plans.


Assessments & Energy Efficient Project Development:

·         Chiller plants, DX, ammonia refrigeration and central plant heating systems

·         Hot water, steam, VFD drives, AHUs, HVAC, dehumidification systems

·         Compressed air, industrial gas, RO water and de-ionized water systems

·         Lighting, indoor systems, outdoor systems and lighting controls

·         Power factor correction, variable speed drives for pumps, fans, blowers

·         Energy management systems, advanced metering and Demand Response (DR)


Turnkey Design & Installation of:

·         Advanced metering (internet based), sub-metering and energy monitoring systems

·         Lighting retrofits – commercial, office, shop and warehouse

·         T8 and T5 systems

·         Induction & LED systems

Energy Audits / Facility Emissions Footprint Assessments: 


Relevant Project Experience 


AMTRAK Locomotive Shops & Maintenance Yards, Wilmington, DL, Boston, MA, Chicago, IL 


Lead Energy Auditor and Project Developer for multi-building, multi-function site-wide energy assessments.  Systems addressed were heating, cooling, ventilation, compressed air, lighting and waste water treatment.  Both central plants and building specific systems were addressed. 


Atlanta Hartsfield International Airport, Atlanta, GA

Project manager and owner’s engineer for a 120 kpph superheat boiler replacement program.  Burner specifications of 9 ppm NOX.


Atlanta Hartsfield International Airport, Atlanta, GA

Lead engineer for Utilities Master Plan 2003 for airport expansion.  Developed plans for cooling systems (an increase in chiller capacity of 2,500 tons), compressed air systems and steam heating systems that would most economically provide utilities to the new airport facilities.


Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, IL

Project developer, under Super-ESPC contractor, designer of heat recovery system for magnetic particle accelerator system at Advanced Photon Source, a Dept. of Energy nanotechnology research center.


Illinois State Water Survey Building, Champaign, IL

Lead engineer for design of central plant refurbishment consisting of fire tube boilers, absorption and electric chillers and cooling towers with underground piping distribution on campus.


Industrial Compressed Air Systems Design Brief, PG&E, CA

Author of a Design Brief describing energy efficiency issues that should be considered when designing an industrial compressed air system.  The Design brief was published on PG&E’s website under their energy efficiency reference materials listing.



Energy Auditing Experience: (Partial listing)

Diageo (alcoholic beverages) – manufacturing and office, (6) sites across US and Canada

Advocate (hospitals) – (6) hospital campuses in Chicagoland area

City of Charleston, IL – city hall, library, police station, public works, water treatment, WWTP

City of Mattoon, IL - city hall, library, police station, public works, water treatment, WWTP

Avon Products (cosmetics) – offices, manufacturing and warehouses, Morton Grove, IL

Mohawk Paper – fine paper mill, offices and warehouse, Mohawk, NY

Norampac Paper – recycled paper mill, offices and warehouse, Buffalo, NY

Copamex Paper – fine paper mill, offices and cogeneration powerhouse, Chihuahua, Mexico

United Technologies, Sullair (air compressors) – manufacturing and offices, Michigan City, MI

Kellogg’s (cereals) – manufacturing sites, Blue Anchor, NJ (Egos’), S. Chicago, IL (pie shells)    

Pilgrim’s Pride (chicken) – processing facilities, offices, WV, TX (3), GA, TN, AR, LA, KY, AL

Flowers Foods (bakeries) – processing facilities, offices GA, TX (2), AL

Halliburton Industries – office, manufacturing, warehouse, TX (4)

Anchor Glass (beer bottles) – manufacturing, offices, Warner Robins, GA

Lancaster Colony (glass) – manufacturing, offices, Lancaster, OH, Sapulpa, OK

Lancaster Colony (bakery) – processing facilities, offices, Bedford Heights, OH

Lancaster Colony (salad dressing) - processing facilities, offices, Columbus, OH

Lancaster Colony (candles) – manufacturing, warehouse, offices, Leesburg, OH

PFG (food distribution) – warehouse and distribution centers, Rock Island, IL, Oakwood, GA

Savvis (data center) – Elk Grove Village, IL and Newark, NJ

Holy Spirit Hospital – Harrisburg, PA

United Airlines (airports) – terminals and hangers, Newark, NJ, JFK & LGA, NYC

HP Hood (dairy products) – manufacturing and offices, Suffield, CT, Agawam, MA

Pactiv (plastics) – manufacturing, offices, Schererville, IN, Frankfort, IN

Allied Automotive (car transport) – maintenance facilities, offices, Dearborn, MI, Ontario, CAN

Phillip Morris (tobacco processing) – processing facilities, Richmond, VA, Cabarrus, NC

Oil Dri (absorption products) – processing facilities, offices, GA

Gary, IN Waste Water Treatment Plant – Gary, IN

Toledo, OH Waste Water Treatment Plant – Toledo, OH

3M (adhesives) – processing facilities, water systems, waste water systems, IL

Bristol Meyers Squib (pharmaceuticals) – processing facilities, offices, NY and (4) Puerto Rico

Prentiss Properties (office buildings) – office buildings in Washington DC metro area (10) bldgs.

Oil refineries

Chemical processing plants

Cement plants

Sugar mills

SE Missouri State University – central power plant, boilers, chillers, Cape Girardeau, MO

Northwestern University – athletic facilities, dorms, offices, Evanston, IL

Vandenberg AFB (missile base) – offices, dorms, maintenance facilities, CA


What is an Energy Audit?


An energy audit is a review of a building’s energy systems including heating, cooling and lighting systems, water consumption, ventilation, control systems, and the building envelope. “Process” energy used in manufacturing and production may also be evaluated. Energy audits are performed by engineers with significant experience evaluating energy systems in commercial, residential, and industrial facilities.


5 Star Solutions has deep and broad energy auditing experience. Every building is different, and we understand and focus on that fact. We approach each assignment with the goal of finding energy savings opportunities for that particular building. We have worked with clients having a single building in one location or dozens of buildings spread across the United States. Our professional team has the skills and experience necessary to handle portfolio-wide assignments.


We offer a truly independent, unbiased perspective. We are not affiliated with any energy supplier, utility, or manufacturer. We do not perform energy audits with the intention of selling our clients more services at the end of the audit. We act independently and solely on behalf of our client’s best interest. As we focus on providing accurate, reliable, and thorough information, we uncover operational improvements that can have an immediate impact on the bottom line.


Energy audit reports provide a detailed description of the building’s energy-related systems, a list of opportunities for energy reduction, estimated implementation costs of energy conservation measures (ECMs), and the financial metrics to aid the building owner with decision-making. Our reports can be either customized according to client needs, or standardized according to the ASHRAE (American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers) reporting model.


Our goal is to find ways to cut energy use and realize energy cost savings. We emphasize these results in our reports, together with the data and rationale that might be necessary to get senior management approval for projects our client wishes to pursue. Our energy audits typically identify cost reduction opportunities in the 5% to 20% range from improvements with less than a 2-year payback.


We perform the following types of energy audits

      ·         “No Cost” Walk-Through Energy Audit

·         General Energy Audit

·         ASHRAE Level II Audits

·         Investment Grade Audit


“No Cost” Walk Through Energy Audit


The preliminary audit (alternatively called a simple audit, screening audit or walk-through audit) is the simplest and quickest type of audit. It involves minimal interviews with site-operating personnel, a brief review of facility utility bills and other operating data, and a walk-through of the facility to become familiar with the building operation and to identify any glaring areas of energy waste or inefficiency.

Typically, only major problem areas will be covered during this type of audit. Corrective measures are briefly described, and quick estimates of implementation cost, potential operating cost savings, and simple payback periods are provided. A list of energy conservation measures (ECMs) or energy conservation opportunities (ECOs) requiring further consideration is also provided. This level of detail, while not sufficient for reaching a final decision on implementing proposed measure, is adequate to prioritize energy-efficiency projects and to determine the need for a more detailed audit.


General Energy Audit

The general audit (alternatively called a mini-audit, site energy audit or detailed energy audit or complete site energy audit) expands on the preliminary audit described above by collecting more detailed information about facility operation and by performing a more detailed evaluation of energy conservation measures. Utility bills are collected for a 12 to 36 month period to allow the auditor to evaluate the facility's energy/demand rate structures and energy usage profiles. If interval meter data is available, the detailed energy profiles that such data makes possible will typically be analyzed for signs of energy waste. Additional metering of specific energy-consuming systems is often performed to supplement utility data. In-depth interviews with facility operating personnel are conducted to provide a better understanding of major energy consuming systems and to gain insight into short and longer term energy consumption patterns. This type of audit will be able to identify all energy-conservation measures appropriate for the facility, given its operating parameters. A detailed financial analysis is performed for each measure based on detailed implementation cost estimates, site-specific operating cost savings, and the customer's investment criteria. Sufficient detail is provided to justify project implementation. 


Investment Grade Audit

In most corporate settings, upgrades to a facility's energy infrastructure must compete for capital funding with non-energy-related investments. Both energy and non-energy investments are rated on a single set of financial criteria that generally stress the expected return on investment (ROI). The projected operating savings from the implementation of energy projects must be developed such that they provide a high level of confidence. In fact, investors often demand guaranteed savings. The investment-grade audit expands on the detailed audit described above and relies on a complete engineering study in order to detail technical and economical issues necessary to justify the investment related to the transformations.




5 Star Energy Services          (815) 356-7327 - Phone          (815) 356-7517 - Fax           Jim.Murray@5StarEnergyServices.net