BP03: Energy Audit & Planning

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Purpose

To identify energy-saving and operational improvement opportunities through a holistic, qualitative evaluation of all energy-using systems within the project.

 

Objective

At least every 5 years, perform an energy audit to help understand the project’s energy consumption profile and discover opportunities for improvements through no-cost and low-cost energy conservation measures along with considerations for capital improvements.

 

Submittal Requirements

BIT Building

  • An energy audit report that complies with ASHRAE Level I walkthrough audit guidelines (or a local equivalent for participants outside of the U.S.*)
  • Documentation of implementing any 1) short-term (one year or less) and/or 2) long-term (more than one year) energy saving initiatives (this may be an excerpt from the annual sustainability planning meeting).

 

BIT for Tenants

  • An energy audit report that complies with ASHRAE Level I walkthrough audit guidelines (or a local equivalent for participants outside of the U.S.*) OR a BIT for Tenant Energy Audit Report for areas within tenant space and/or under tenant control.
  • Documentation of implementing any 1) short-term (one year or less) and/or 2) long-term (more than one year) energy saving initiatives (this may be an excerpt from the annual sustainability planning meeting).

 

Implementation Guidance

BIT Building

Once every five years, perform an energy audit as outlined in the Level I – Walk-Through Analysis section of the ASHRAE “Procedures for Commercial Buildings Energy Audits”  guidelines (or a local equivalent for participants outside of the U.S.*) and summarized below.

The audit should be used as a tool to determine the project’s current energy performance, serve as a baseline for measuring all future improvements, and serve as a guide for evaluating and prioritizing energy efficiency improvements.

The audit can be performed by a third-party provider or by inhouse staff persons trained in audit procedures. Though there are no specific criteria regarding who performs the audit.

Summary of suggested energy audit procedures:

  1. Review historical utility and onsite generation data
  2. Review utility rate structure
  3. Survey the project
  4. Analyze space functions
  5. Identify low- and no-cost energy efficiency measures
  6. Identify potential energy efficiency capital improvements
  7. Summarize the results of the audit along with opportunities for improvement in an energy audit report.
  8. Review energy audit with key stakeholders and strategize for future energy improvements (can also be discussed during annual sustainability planning meeting).

 

BIT for Tenants

Once every five years, perform an energy audit as outlined in the Level I – Walk-Through Analysis section of the ASHRAE “Procedures for Commercial Buildings Energy Audits”  guidelines (or a local equivalent for participants outside of the U.S.*) or as outlined in the BIT for Tenant Energy Audit Report  for areas within tenant space and/or under tenant control and summarized below.

The audit should be used as a tool to determine the project’s current energy performance, serve as a baseline for measuring all future improvements, and serve as a guide for evaluating and prioritizing energy efficiency improvements.

The audit can be performed by a third-party provider or by inhouse staff persons trained in audit procedures. Though there are no specific criteria regarding who performs the audit

Summary of suggested energy audit procedures:

  1. Review historical utility and onsite generation data.
  2. Review utility rate structure.
  3. Survey all spaces within tenant space and/or under tenant control.
  4. Analyze space functions.
  5. Identify low-cost and no-cost energy efficiency measures.
  6. Identify potential energy efficiency capital improvements.
  7. Summarize the results of the audit along with opportunities for improvement in an energy report.
  8. Review audit with key stakeholders including building ownership/management and strategize for future energy improvements (can also be discussed during annual sustainability planning meeting) OR, if building ownership/management is unwilling to engage, provide documentation of audit review request to ownership/management and any related response(s) to that request.
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Purpose

To identify energy-saving and operational improvement opportunities through a holistic, qualitative evaluation of all energy-using systems within the project.

 

Objective

At least every 5 years, perform an energy audit to help understand the project’s energy consumption profile and discover opportunities for improvements through no-cost and low-cost energy conservation measures along with considerations for capital improvements.

 

Implementation Requirements

BIT Building

Once every five years, perform an energy audit as outlined in the Level I – Walk-Through Analysis section of the ASHRAE “Procedures for Commercial Buildings Energy Audits”  guidelines (or a local equivalent for participants outside of the U.S.*) and summarized below.

The audit should be used as a tool to determine the project’s current energy performance, serve as a baseline for measuring all future improvements, and serve as a guide for evaluating and prioritizing energy efficiency improvements.

The audit can be performed by a third-party provider or by inhouse staff persons trained in audit procedures. Though there are no specific criteria regarding who performs the audit.

Summary of suggested energy audit procedures:

  1. Review historical utility and onsite generation data
  2. Review utility rate structure
  3. Survey the project
  4. Analyze space functions
  5. Identify low- and no-cost energy efficiency measures
  6. Identify potential energy efficiency capital improvements
  7. Summarize the results of the audit along with opportunities for improvement in an energy audit report.
  8. Review energy audit with key stakeholders and strategize for future energy improvements (can also be discussed during annual sustainability planning meeting).

 

BIT for Tenants

Once every five years, perform an energy audit as outlined in the Level I – Walk-Through Analysis section of the ASHRAE “Procedures for Commercial Buildings Energy Audits”  guidelines (or a local equivalent for participants outside of the U.S.*) or as outlined in the BIT for Tenant Energy Audit Report  for areas within tenant space and/or under tenant control and summarized below.

The audit should be used as a tool to determine the project’s current energy performance, serve as a baseline for measuring all future improvements, and serve as a guide for evaluating and prioritizing energy efficiency improvements.

The audit can be performed by a third-party provider or by inhouse staff persons trained in audit procedures. Though there are no specific criteria regarding who performs the audit

Summary of suggested energy audit procedures:

  1. Review historical utility and onsite generation data.
  2. Review utility rate structure.
  3. Survey all spaces within tenant space and/or under tenant control.
  4. Analyze space functions.
  5. Identify low-cost and no-cost energy efficiency measures.
  6. Identify potential energy efficiency capital improvements.
  7. Summarize the results of the audit along with opportunities for improvement in an energy report.
  8. Review audit with key stakeholders including building ownership/management and strategize for future energy improvements (can also be discussed during annual sustainability planning meeting) OR, if building ownership/management is unwilling to engage, provide documentation of audit review request to ownership/management and any related response(s) to that request.

Submittal Requirements

BIT Building

  • An energy audit report that complies with ASHRAE Level I walkthrough audit guidelines (or a local equivalent for participants outside of the U.S.*)
  • Documentation of implementing any 1) short-term (one year or less) and/or 2) long-term (more than one year) energy saving initiatives (this may be an excerpt from the annual sustainability planning meeting).

 

BIT for Tenants

  • An energy audit report that complies with ASHRAE Level I walkthrough audit guidelines (or a local equivalent for participants outside of the U.S.*) OR a BIT for Tenant Energy Audit Report for areas within tenant space and/or under tenant control.
  • Documentation of implementing any 1) short-term (one year or less) and/or 2) long-term (more than one year) energy saving initiatives (this may be an excerpt from the annual sustainability planning meeting).

 

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Maria Quinones

Elevate Energy

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