Ferreira Construction

Net-Zero Commercial

Services Provided:
AES Advanced Monitoring System

Key Project Results

Annual Savings $100,000
Annual Cash Flow +$50,000
Carbon Footprint Reduction 83%
10 Year Energy Savings

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Our Customer

Since its founding in 1988, New Jersey-based Ferreira Construction has grown to become one of the nation’s premier contractors, specializing in Civil, Power and Utility, and Marine construction.

The Challenge

As part of the company’s commitment to sustainability—and to meet statewide greenhouse gas reduction goals—Ferreira set out to create a net-zero commercial building for its new 42,000 square-foot corporate headquarters.

The company needed a monitoring solution that could leverage its investment in solar panels while also tracking the building’s energy consumption. American Energy Services’ Advanced Monitoring System delivered the tools the company needed to meet and exceed its energy goals.

The Results

Ferreira completely eliminated its $100,000 annual energy bill AND was able to generate $50,000 in annual cash flow by supplying excess solar energy to the grid.

The Advanced Monitoring System installed optimized the performance of the renewable energy system, and the energy savings from varied energy conservation projects were measured and verified in real time.

Achieving net-zero status enabled Ferreira Construction to move from spending $2.31/sq ft in utility bills to generating $1.11/sq ft per year in cash flow by supplying excess renewable energy, back to the grid, plus the additional solar renewable credits.

Upon completion, Ferreira’s headquarters claimed the title of first net-zero electric commercial building in the United States.


Location: Somerville, NJ

Segment: Construction

Challenge: To create a net-zero commercial building for its corporate headquarters.

Solution: Advanced monitoring system to track energy consumption and eliminate unnecessary costs.

Results: A 83% reduction in carbon footprint which allowed Ferreira Construction to reduce energy costs by $100,000 annually and generate $50,000 in annual cash flow.

We worked with a number of people from AES on this project and all were great in communicating and implementing what was best for our property and residents! It looks and feels like it has ALWAYS been there!

Cindy Gogluizza, Property Manager
The Isle Apartments

“AES just did a project in one of our schools and the options and pricing methods are not like anyone I have seen in the market.”

Michelle Griffith, Business Owner
DeVere Weatherization & Construction

“Luke (AES Superintendent) has done a great job of managing this project in challenging circumstances. I appreciate all of your hard work in making this wonderful project a reality.”

Leslie Edinberg, Assistant Head of School for Finance, Advancement & Operations
St. Anne's School of Annapolis

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