While dealing with environmental works and regulations, it is best to hire a firm owing to the novel and dynamic nature of the field. It’s imperative that the firm thus hired must have demonstrated expertise as their arsenal. Following are some non-negotiable tips to consider when hiring a sustainable engineering firm:-
Here are a few questions you can ask to get a feel for the type of experience the firm has:
- How long have they been doing environmental work?
- Are they familiar with your state’s regulations and permitting requirements?
- Do they have experience working on projects similar to yours?
Environmental or sustainable engineering firms ought to be versatile by default so not all or many might directly and conventionally fit what you are looking for, asking the above questions can help. We also recommend asking partners or people in your community as word-of-mouth continues to hold solid relevance. Also, ensure that before finalising on any firm, you have spoken to their clients in order to gauge organic and honest feedback. Any dependable firm will gladly comply, so do not shy away.
The Necessary Licenses
To be able to provide certain services, a firm needs to get licensed by the authorities/state. This is to protect the public and customers from potential greenwashing or general incompetency or even fraud. Please note that not every engineer needs to have a license but there must be one licensed engineer present on-site.
The completion of projects mandates the availability of various resources which range from simple tools to smart tech, along with skilled & experienced staff. In some cases wherein the firm does not have the necessary resources, they outsource the same by hiring subcontractors, only to cause more stakeholder management, cost and usually also delay. So, please ensure you extract the utmost clarity from the get-go.
As far as human resources are concerned, it is well-advised to ask for resumes of all the staff who will potentially onboard the assignment. You should even request references from the Project Manager or an equivalent.
A General Checklist
Please understand that these projects are an elongated commitment, lasting usually well over a year, especially with regard to site assessments and regulatory services. Therefore, here is a checklist that you should consider while finalising a firm.
– Time Estimates: The firm should be able to provide you with an accurate time period within which the project will reach completion. What is ideal is also equipping you with various tracking tools to monitor progress at each stage.
– The Financials: As far as environmental engineering firms go, the cheapest is not always the best option. But many times, the firms come up with many hidden costs which cost much more in the longer run. Therefore, evaluating the cost proposal thoroughly and many times is a must.
– Innovation: The more innovative and updated the firm is, the better the efficiency. This can be analysed by the technologies and resources they use.
Look Out For These Warning Signs
– Hard selling
– Exaggerating the problem
– Marginalising the problem
– Overly optimistic timelines
– Unfamiliarity with regulations and compliances
– Lack of transparency with regard to the staff
– Strong biases
We recommend The Cotocon Group for its proven history of providing sustainable engineering services in New York City to building owners. Their highly-skilled team ensures building owners meet all the requirements from planning compliance schedule, conducting energy audits and retro-commissioning to generating and all too innovatively. They demonstrate that the greatest return on investment for building owners is investing in energy efficiency.