Timothy I. Michels
President, Energy Resources Group, Inc., St. Louis, MO.
As President of ERG, Mr. Michels has directed energy conservation and alternative fuels designs and studies for Business, Industry, Institutions and Governmental Organizations. Research grants and contracts have lead to the development of a state-of-the-art Computer based Data Acquisition System, including all hardware and software design. ERG has developed a variety of software tools for sale that are used for energy conservation and solar analyses and for utility bill analyses.
Multiple grants and contracts have lead to the development of low-cost passive solar adobe home designs for a Native American Tribe under the HUD HOME Grant and to economic development opportunities and enterprises for multiple tribes.
Over the years, Mr. Michels has developed a variety of appropriate technologies, building designs, and economic development plans to meet the needs of economically disadvantaged populations.
University of Houston, Houston, Texas B.A. – 1972
Washington University St. Louis, Missouri Masters of Architecture – 1976
Member for the Midwest Energy-Efficiency Alliance.
Member of the US Green Building Council and the St. Louis Chapter
Solar Energy Utilization, published by Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1979, 253p.
Served on the ASHRAE SPC 90.1 [Energy Standard for Buildings except Low-
Rise Residential Buildings] committee for 8 years
Areas of Specialty
Architectural/Engineering integrative energy design
Solar/Efficiency/Conservation education, training and design
Energy modeling and audit tools, development and testing
Energy Audit and Design Efforts: Tim has directed numerous energy conservation and alternative fuels designs and studies for Business, Industry, Institutions and Governmental Organizations. Typical efforts involve utility use analyses, building and equipment audits, systems redesign, supervision of design construction implementation, commissioning and project savings validation through the first year. Notable projects include:
$6.2 million renovation of University City Schools that resulted in district wide savings of 36% for natural gas and 14% for electricity.
Missouri Botanical Garden: six projects over 5 years have resulted in a 25% reduction in utility usage with a payback of less than 4 years for the ~ $1 MM premium investment.
Missouri State Office of Administration: prison security lighting audit has identified opportunities for reducing security lighting energy costs ~ 40% with quick paybacks.
Research: Research grants and contracts have lead to the development of a state-of-the-art Computer based Data Acquisition System. ESI has developed a variety of software tools for sale that have been used for energy conservation, solar analyses, and utility bill analyses.
Energy Modeling: Tim directed ERG support efforts for the Building Energy Performance Standards (BEPS) under contract to the AIA Research Corporation and DHUD for passive solar residential design analysis. ESI participated with McDonnell Douglas Automation to provide RCS audit analyses for the utility industry.
DSM Support: Tim directed the development, manufacturing and marketing of an appliance end-use metering tool (Energy$Teller) that was sold to electric utilities (IOUs, Munis, RECs) around the country for DSM programs.
Teaching: Developed a graduate level energy audit course taught in the engineering department at Washington University. Developed passive solar design courses for the DOE. Trained energy auditors for St. Louis County when they offered home owners energy audits.