Commercial Energy Audits
Businesses and commercial properties can consume a lot of energy, which costs a lot of money. Very often, substantial savings can be attained by reducing the amount of energy businesses consume by stopping energy waste and becoming more efficient. We utilize best practices, the most advanced techniques and latest information to give you the most cost effective options available. Energy audits almost always pay for themselves in savings; sometimes many times over and the benefits are long lasting.
Some of the areas we investigate include:
- Lighting systems
- HVAC Systems and Controls
- Compressed Air Systems
- Electric Motors and Drives
- Process Systems
- Steam Systems
- Heat Recovery
- Building Envelope Upgrades
All of our commercial energy audits are conducted in accordance with ASHRAE’s Procedures For Commercial Building Energy Audits and have the following levels:
Level 1- First, the building’s energy cost and efficiency are assessed by analyzing energy bills, compiled in a preliminary energy-use analysis, and conducting a brief on-site survey of the building. A Level 1 energy survey will identify low-cost/no-cost measures for improving energy efficiency and provide a listing of potential capital improvements that merit further consideration. Because calculations at this level are minimal, savings and costs are approximate. A Level 1 analysis is applicable when the desire is to establish the general energy savings potential of a building or to establish which buildings in a portfolio have the greatest potential savings.
Level 2- A Level 2 audit involves a more detailed building survey, including energy consumption and peak demand analysis. A breakdown of energy end uses within the building is developed. A Level 2 energy analysis will identify and provide the savings and cost analyses of all practical energy efficiency measures that meet the owner’s/operator’s constraints and economic criteria, along with proposed changes to operation and maintenance procedures. It may also provide a listing of potential capital-intensive improvements that require more thorough data collection and engineering analysis as well as an assessment of potential costs and savings. This level of analysis will provide adequate information
for the owner/operator to act upon recommendations for most buildings and for most measures.
Level 3- The third level of engineering analysis focuses on potential capital-intensive projects identified during a Level 2 analysis. It requires more detailed field data gathering as well as more rigorous engineering and economic analyses. It provides detailed project cost and savings calculations with a high level of confidence sufficient for major capital investment decisions.