who we are
Established in 1987, EME Consulting Engineering Group, LLC (EME) provides professional engineering and sustainability services to local, state, and federal governments; healthcare; education; multifamily; industrial; and commercial sector clients throughout the country and around the world. Our services focus on engineered solutions to provide building energy efficiency through energy auditing and modeling; green building consulting; mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) design; commissioning and retro-commissioning; renewable energy; financial analysis of energy efficient upgrades; energy code and regulatory compliance; and system optimization.
Our team has decades of experience in efficient project management and cost-effective implementation of energy efficiency. Our resourceful staff is comprised of licensed professional engineers (PE) and registered architects (RA), Certified Commissioning Authorities (CxA), ASHRAE Commissioning Process Management Professionals (CPMP), Building Energy Assessment Professionals (BEAP), Certified Energy Managers (CEM), USGBC LEED accredited professionals, ASHRAE healthcare facility design professionals (HFPP), and ASHRAE Certified Energy Auditors (CEA). Our firm is active in local and national chapters of ASHRAE, AEE, USGBC, and BCxA.
EME Spotlight: ASHRAE Northeast PresentationSenior associate's recent presentation to the ASHRAE Northeast chapter about duct opening protectives.
Steel Frame for Addition to P.S./I.S. 49 in Queens CompletedNYC SCA, JC & E.W. Howell Complete Structural Frame for Addition to Dorothy Bonawit Kole School.
Beacon High SchoolAmerican School & University Magazine's 2016 Architectural Portfolio Distinction: Adaptive Reuse Citation
Berkeley Carroll School1100 Architect Transforms 80-year-old Church into a Performing Arts Center.
Addition to Queens School Designed to Blend in SeamlesslyA number of New York state and local officials recently celebrated the beginning of construction on the new P.S./I.S. 49 addition in Queens.
LeFrak Center at Lakeside Prospect ParkAIA 2015 Recipient: Institute Honor Awards for Architecture
Housing Upgrade for Visually-ImpairedMany of the residents have lived in the building since it opened in 1980.
NYU Langone Medical CenterEME Group recognized for outstanding support to NYU-Langone Medical Center in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.
High Performance BuildingsCompleting the Circle - Omega Center for Sustainable Living
Westchester Reform TempleDesign for the new sanctuary employs economic building materials and natural light to create grand and intimate worship space.
A Tree Saved in BrooklynWASA/Studio A Designs an Eco-Friendly Building for Pratt Institute
Building Renovations Proceeding Despite SnowDespite the winter having so far dumped 43.9 inches more snow than normal, The Rockefeller University building renovations proceed.
New York ConstructionNew York's Presbyterian New Heart Center: A Beacon of Light to Patients
New York ConstructionHarlem Hospital: A New Landmark Rises in Harlem
Vivian and Seymour Milstein Family Heart CenterA beautifully daylit addition between a hospital and an office building harvests precious sapce for diagnostics, treatment, and surgery.
First Elementary School to Receive LEED Gold Award for Existing BuildingsThe Allen-Stevenson School was awarded LEED Gold for Existing Buildings by USGBC.
Green Source MagazineThe 2010 AIA COTE awards reflect the escalating standards of sustainable building - in both design and performance.
Management TeamMichael McNamara, PE, CPMP
Michael McNamara is a licensed professional engineer and founding partner at EME. He is an expert in optimization and implementing sustainable design practices in existing buildings.read more
Erik Neumann, PE
Erik Neumann, EME founding partner, is responsible for many of the daily firm operations including program administration, quality control, marketing, and financial management. Under his direction, the firm has grown since 1987 to provide a full range of professional building-related services including energy analysis, design, sustainability, and commissioning.read more
Neville Burrows, PE, LEED AP, BEMP, CEM, CPMP
Neville Burrows is a principal in charge of the firm’s energy analysis group. He leads a group of engineers comprised of building energy simulation experts, energy auditors, and energy analysts.read more
Michael Stritch, PE, CPMP, LEED AP
Director of Commissioning
Michael Stritch is a licensed professional engineer and certified commissioning authority and serves as our director of commissioning.read more
James Priolo, PE
Director of Technical Services
Jim Priolo is the director of technical services, responsible for ensuring technical excellence and code compliance throughout the company’s portfolio of projects.read more
W. Jose Higgins, RA, AIA, LEED AP BD+C O+M
Director of Sustainability
Jose Higgins is the director of sustainability, responsible for the EME Group’s green programs.read more
MANAGEMENT TeamJ. David Houle, PE, LEED AP, CEM, CEA
Director of Albany Office
David Houle is in charge of EME Group's Albany, New York office. He primarily oversees firm projects located in Upstate New York.read morePETER MORIN, PE, HFDP, CPMP, LEED BD+C
Director of Healthcare Services
Peter Morin provides a collaborative and unique approach to designs for healthcare facilities.read moreJOSEPH HO, PE, BEAP, CPMP, LEED AP BD+C
Joseph Ho is experienced in mechanical systems design and building commissioning.read moreANDREW VAN NESS, PE, LEED AP, CEA, BEMP
Andrew Van Ness is a senior associate at EME Group with extensive experience providing engineering services including mechanical design, building energy modeling simulation, energy audits, retro-commissioning, and construction administration.read moreJACOB M. GRABINER, PE, CPMP
Jake Grabiner is experienced in mechanical design, conducting enery audits, energy modeling simulation, and commissioning.read more
OUR TEAMMichael McNamara, PE, CPMP
Michael McNamara, PE CPMP, is a founding partner of EME. Mr. McNamara has spent his professional career implementing building system optimization through energy efficiency and sustainability, and is nationally recognized as an authority in the fields energy-engineering. Mr. McNamara has built a firm recognized for expertise, attention to detail, and cost-effective implementation.
Mr. McNamara’s experience in managing energy-engineering services includes partner-in-charge for several multi-million dollar projects for federal, state and local governments as well as private sector clients. These projects include multiple programs for the United States Department of Energy, NYC Department of Education’s School Construction Authority and Division of School Facilities, NYC’s City University Construction Fund, NYC’s Health and Hospitals Corporation, various NYS Energy Research Development Authority (NYSERDA), and Dormitory Authority of the State of NY (DASNY). Additional projects include an assortment of energy implementation programs for private sector clients including Columbia University, Fordham University, New York Presbyterian Hospital, Northeast Health, and The United Nations International School.
Mr. McNamara has written over 100 technical publications on energy efficiency and implementation. He has presented at national and local forums on building energy efficiency, waste management, system optimization, and effective design practices.
He was past president of NYS Energy Solar Society, ASHRAE NYC Chapter secretary, and president of Long Island Energy Buyers Forum.
OUR TEAMErik Neumann, PE
Erik Neumann, EME founding partner, is responsible for many of the daily firm operations including program administration, quality control, marketing, and financial management. Under his direction, the firm has grown since 1987 to provide a full range of professional building-related services including energy analysis, design, sustainability, and commissioning. His experience encompasses healthcare, institutional, commercial, and multifamily projects located throughout the country. Mr. Neumann works with a broad client base comprised of federal, state, and local governments; universities; hospitals; utilities; schools; and real estate owners/developers.
He has acted as partner-in-charge for challenging assignments ranging from comprehensive energy audits of high-rise buildings such as New York City’s Police Department Headquarters with over 1 million square feet of floor area to providing the design and construction management services to convert an existing 2,000 boiler horsepower steam plant to a hydronic system in a large multifamily development in Harlem. Working in existing buildings requires a range of skills and expertise to identify and understand how the building systems are interrelated and impact one another. To successfully complete these kinds of complex projects, Mr. Neumann has managed teams of experienced professionals that have delivered cost-effective, comprehensive solutions.
Having written numerous articles covering building engineering topics for industry publications, Mr. Neumann's projects have garnered awards and recognition from multiple local and national organizations. He received his degree in civil engineering from the University of Colorado.
OUR TEAMNeville Burrows, PE, LEED AP, BEMP, CEM, CPMP
Neville Burrows is a principal in charge of the firm’s energy analysis group. He leads a group of engineers comprised of building energy simulation experts, energy auditors, and energy analysts. Mr. Burrows administers multiple energy analysis programs for government and utility clients where he is responsible for the overall management and overight of his staff working on individual projects. He recently led a team of engineers to Fairbanks, Alaska to perform a comprehensive energy audit at a US Air Force base that included 59 buildings totaling over 1.4 million-square-feet of floor area. The project identified approximately $1 million in energy savings and was completed on-time under a demanding schedule that required results in time for budgeting in the next fiscal year.
In addition to his other professional credentials, Mr. Burrows was the thirteenth person in the world to receive the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) challenging Building Energy Modeling Professional (BEMP) certification. This expertise allows him to manage complex projects such as the New York University Langone Medical Center’s new 800,000-square-feet hospital where his Building Energy Simulation Team (BEST) is assisting the project design architects and engineers select energy-efficient design concepts and alternatives. He has worked on assignments throughout the United States with EME Group since 2000 when he graduated with a bachelors of science degree in mechanical engineering from Virginia Tech.
OUR TEAMMichael Stritch, PE, CPMP, LEED AP
Director of Commissioning
Michael Stritch is a licensed professional engineer and certified commissioning authority and serves as our director of commissioning. He oversees our commissioning projects, which range from a 5,000-square-feet retail store to an 800,000-square-feet manufacturing facility. EME Group’s approach toward commissioning is in accordance with procedures outlined in ASHRAE’s “Guideline 0-2005, The Commissioning Process” as well as compliance with the US Green Building Council’s (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) requirements for fundamental and enhanced commissioning. Mr. Stritch directs his staff of engineers through all aspects of the process from developing the initial owner project requirements through to project closeout. He is responsible for maintaining project schedules, quality control, and commissioning deliverables.
Mr. Stritch currently manages a retro-commissioning (R-Cx) project at 27 New York City public schools. The New York City Department of Education (DOE) is the largest K-12 school district in the world, serving over 1.1 million students in 1,700 schools. The DOE selected recently upgraded schools with building management systems for the R-Cx program. Mr. Stritch and his team of engineers first surveyed the facilities and identified required repairs needed to facilitate R-Cx. After the repairs are completed, his team will perform detailed testing to identify operational improvements such as enhanced equipment sequences of operation, improved schedules and set points, and faulty sensors and actuators. Mr. Stritch obtained his bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Limerick in Limerick, Ireland.
OUR TEAMJames Priolo, PE
Director of Technical Services
Jim Priolo is the director of technical services, responsible for ensuring technical excellence and code compliance throughout the company’s portfolio of projects. Mr. Priolo has over 35 years of design experience with all aspects of building mechanical systems in new and retrofit projects. His expertise includes the design and commissioning of building management system controls for complex HVAC systems installed in state-of-the-art acute care hospitals and universities. He has worked on a wide range of projects.
Recently, Mr. Priolo managed a project for the Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York that received an ARRA grant to upgrade its mechanical infrastructure including upgrading the building management system. The hospital, founded in 1930, has undertaken significant additions and renovations. Designing the BMS upgrade required his team to perform extensive field surveys to identify the existing conditions and develop strategies to ensure the new controls delivered energy savings. As a result, the necessary mechanical repairs were included in the project as well as detailed control drawings and sequences of operation. In order to meet the grant schedule requirements, the project was bid as two phases to meet its deadline. Mr. Priolo studied mechanical engineering and received a bachelor of engineering degree from Cooper Union and a mster of engineering degree from Manhattan College. He is a registered professional engineer in the state of New York.
OUR TEAMW. Jose Higgins, RA, AIA, LEED AP BD+C O+M
Director of Sustainability
Jose Higgins is the director of sustainability, responsible for the EME Group’s green programs that range from assisting clients negotiate projects through various certifying programs such as the US Green Building Council’s (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) or Green Globes processes to consulting clients on specific projects to reduce their environmental footprint. Mr. Higgins has provided these types of services for over 25 years and is widely recognized as an expert in the sustainable design community-he completed some of the groundbreaking work in the early years of USGBC LEED certification process.
Mr. Higgins directs a staff of expert architects and engineers to provide these services. A recent notable firm success is the Omega Institute Center for Sustainable Living in Rhinebeck, New York, which achieved the LEED Platinum certification. In addition, the project was the first building to be certified under the stringent “Living Building Challenge” by demonstrating net-zero energy and water use after one year of full operation. The project was also a 2010 American Institute of Architect’s Committee on the Environment (COTE) Top Ten that recognizes escalating standards of sustainable building design and performance. He received his architectural degree from the New York Institute of Technology.
OUR TEAMJ. David Houle, PE, LEED AP, CEM, CEA
Director of Albany Office
David Houle is in charge of EME Group's Albany, New York office. He primarily oversees firm projects located in Upstate New York; although, he has also been responsible for projects as far away as Hawaii. He directs his staff of engineers in the Albany office and provides project management, technical expertise, and client outreach. Mr. Houle is a highly skilled engineer with a strong background in the design, assessment, and commissioning of mechanical systems. He has worked extensively in a wide range of building types including healthcare, commercial, academic, and multifamily.
Mr. Houle manages our contract with the Power of Action Program administered by National Grid, the utility that provides electricity and gas throughout much of the northeast. The program provides incentives for energy efficiency improvements and targets commercial and industrial customers. He typically works closely with potential program participants to first identify opportunities through scoping visits, and then oversees his staff to provide technical services. Mr. Houle obtained his bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York.
OUR TEAMPETER MORIN, PE, HFDP, CPMP, LEED BD+C
DIRECTOR OF HEALTHCARE SERVICES
Peter Morin provides a collaborative and unique approach to designs for healthcare facilities. Since joining EME Group in 2009, Mr. Morin has completed designs for existing healthcare facilities and medical research laboratories with a focus to achieving energy savings and improving the patient care environment. Since 2010, he has been a member of the NYU Langone Medical Center’s Energy Advisor project, which provides tailored energy and design consulting and implements projects to meet its energy goals. Mr. Morin has also performed retro-commissioning of complex healthcare systems and provided design and feasibility consulting on multifaceted projects.
Mr. Morin holds a bachelor’s of science in mechanical engineering technology from Wentworth Institute of Technology. He is a licensed engineer in New York State with ASHRAE’s Healthcare Facility Design Professional (HFDP) and Commissioning Process Management Professional certifications and is a LEED BD+C accredited professional.
OUR TEAMANDREW VAN NESS, PE, LEED AP, CEA, BEMP
Andrew Van Ness is a senior associate at EME Group with extensive experience providing engineering services including mechanical design, building energy modeling simulation, energy audits, retro-commissioning, and construction administration. Mr. Van Ness recently designed and provided comprehensive construction administration services for the replacement of a domestic hot water system serving a 400,000-square-feet academic building on Fordham University’s Lincoln Center campus. He is currently involved in the major implementation of ventilation control improvements to 33 operating rooms at NYU Langone Medical Center; the construction cost of this work is $3.2 million and can potentially save $880,000 in annual utility costs once complete.
Mr. Van Ness joined EME Group in 2011. He holds an A.B. in Engineering Science from Dartmouth College and a master of engineering management and a bachelor of engineering from the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth College. Mr. Van Ness is licensed to practice professional engineering in the State of New York.
OUR TEAMJOSEPH HO, PE, BEAP, CPMP, LEED AP BD+C
Joseph Ho is experienced in mechanical systems design and building commissioning. He supports EME’s building commissioning and retro-commissioning; ASHRAE Level I, II, & III energy audits; building energy simulation, using eQuest, DOE 2.1E, and Trane Trace 700; and HVAC systems design and analysis.
Mr. Ho has hands-on commissioning experience, working in critical environment spaces such as museums, computer data centers, laboratories, and hospitals. He has experience developing and executing functional and integrated test procedures for a broad range of HVAC equipment and systems including, but not limited to: hot and chilled water plants, various hydronic distribution systems and controls, low pressure and vacuum steam heating plants, central VAV air handling distribution systems, humidification and dehumidification systems, VRF systems, and smoke control systems.
OUR TEAMJACOB M. GRABINER, PE, CPMP
Jake Grabiner is experienced in mechanical design, conducting energy audits, energy modeling simulation, and commissioning. He supports EME's engineering design for the New York City Department of Education public schools projects as well as the firm's energy analysis for numerous clients including National Grid, New York University Langone Medical Center, New York Power Authority, and New York State Energy Research and Development Authority's (NYSERDA) small commercial audit program thoughout New York City's five boroughs.
Mr. Grabiner joined EME in 2012 and is responsible for providing technical analysis, building surveys for ASHRAE energy audits, and construction administration services. He holds a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Wisconsin in Madison, WI.
Employment OpportunitiesSenior Mechanical Engineer:
Degreed and licensed mechanical engineer with 10+ years experience with building HVAC systems including design, commissioning, and analysis.
Senior Electrical Engineer:
Degreed and licensed electrical engineer with 10+ years experience with building electrical systems including design, commissioning, and analysis.
Senior Building Energy Analyst:
Degreed and licensed engineer or architect with 10+ years experience performing building energy analysis using DOE-2.1E, eQuest, or similar simulation program.
Junior Mechanical Engineer:
Degreed mechanical engineer with 2+ years experience with building mechanical systems including design, commissioning, and analysis.
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EME performs a wide range of engineering services including energy auditing; mechanical, electrical, plumbing design; fire alarm building energy simulation; peak load reduction strategies; green building analyses; commissioning; retro-commissioning; technical review; and metering and verification.
EME's comprehensive energy management services bring projects from initial energy audit or site survey to development of construction documents to overseeing project construction to system commissioning, if necessary, to staff training to monitoring energy savings by installing metering and/or dataloggers.
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