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The area above the ceiling of a commercial building (the plenum) can be used to aggressively mitigate energy consumption and loss with measures such as upgrading the the HVAC and ventilation and by installing barriers to air exchange. The plenum can also be used to capture thermal mass with a new, state-of-the-art suite of passive products called Phase Change Material (PCM) that capture heat during the day and release it at night.
During your commercial building assessment, ECOterra Energy will do a thorough inspection of your HVAC system and plenum to see if there are deficiencies that can be improved upon. The HVAC systems of today are vastly improved over units that are even 10 or 15 years old. If you are a candidate for an HVAC upgrade we can show you the options. We will also explain Phase Change installations to you.


Phase Change Material is a bio-friendly and sustainable suite of products used to passively capture and store excess thermal energy from a building during the day, then release and disperse that energy at night at controlled times and specific temperatures. This product not only reduces kWh but shifts loads from peak demand to off peak times and as a result reducing demand charges by as much as 50%.

We are so enthusiastic about the results we have seen with PCM technology and its potential to dramatically save energy in commercial buildings that ECOterra Energy has partnered with a company that manufactures a suite of PCM products. These passive thermal mass products can reduce cooling loads by as much as 40% in multi-story office buildings through a Phase Change Material process.

PCM is project-specific; engineered then installed specifically for a new or existing HVAC system in your multi-story, single story or residential building.

One of the most expensive components of your energy costs, the HVAC system in your commercial building will be one of the most important and consequential things ECOterra Energy will assess in our step-by-step plan for you.

Almost every energy-saving protocol that we practice can be retro-commissioned into an existing building by ECOterra Energy Consulting, drastically improving the building’s performance, savings, comfort and aesthetics.

Here are the areas ECOterra Energy analyzes for potential savings:

(Click a subject below to read or read them in order by clicking the arrow above right.)

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ECOterra Energy Consulting has a mission that springs from the basic premise of EFFICIENCY.


We created ECOterra Energy Consulting to provide building owners peace-of-mind in an ever-changing energy environment.

Our approach is unique in that we represent the building owner. We present, consult and sell energy-saving options.


Energy-efficiency and renewable materials are the cornerstone of ECOterra Energy Consulting’s philosophy.

We embrace cutting-edge technologies to better serve clients whether it is providing energy conservation or generation.


Click below to read about how ECOterra Energy Consulting  implemented state-of-the-art energy technologies to maximize energy savings and efficiencies for these New Mexico businesses.

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