BP03: Energy Audit & Planning

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Once every five years, perform an energy audit that complies with ASHRAE Level I Walkthrough audit guidelines to understand your building’s energy consumption profile and opportunities for conservation. The energy audit can be done in-house  or through a contracted third party. Meet with the energy auditor to review building performance and to plan improvements, and finalize the plan at the Annual Sustainability Planning Meeting. During years when a new audit is not performed, consider the plan’s implementation status, most recent energy performance, and if any new conservation measures should be considered and/or planned for.

Implementation Requirements

  1. Perform a Level I Walkthrough energy audit once every five years, per the guidance provided by the ASHRAE “Procedures for Commercial Buildings Energy Audits” document, as summarized below. This audit can be performed by a third-party provider or by in-house engineering staff trained in audit procedures. There are no specific criteria regarding who performs the audit.

    Minimum requirements for the ASHRAE Level I Walkthrough audit:
    1. Complete a preliminary energy use analysis and generate an annual energy use breakdown for the building by end-use, typically through a combination of general estimates for your building type, utility consumption analysis, spot metering, and calculated loads.
    2. Perform a walk-through survey of the facility.
    3. Meet with key building operation personnel to discuss consumption patterns or operations issues that may be affecting efficiency.
    4. Identify potential low- or no-cost changes to the facility or to operations and maintenance procedures, and estimate the energy and costs savings from each prospective energy conservation measure.
    5. Note any larger capital improvements that may be beneficial to study further, or if retrocommissioning activities are likely to lead to a significant improvement in the building’s performance.
    6. Summarize the results of the audit and opportunities for improvement in a report.
  2. In advance of the Annual Sustainability Planning Meeting, meet with the auditor to review performance and identify energy conservation measures that can be considered. 
  3. In years when a new audit is not performed, prepare for the Annual Sustainability Planning Meeting by updating the energy use analysis, documenting the implemented measures and outcomes, and identifying any new measures that should be evaluated and/or planned for.
     

Submittal Requirements

  • Energy audit report

  • Summary of the current-year energy conservation measures considered and the implementation plan for feasible improvements (this may be an excerpt from the Annual Sustainability Planning Meeting Report)

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Once every five years, perform an energy audit that complies with ASHRAE Level I Walkthrough audit guidelines to understand your building’s energy consumption profile and opportunities for conservation. The energy audit can be done in-house  or through a contracted third party. Meet with the energy auditor to review building performance and to plan improvements, and finalize the plan at the Annual Sustainability Planning Meeting. During years when a new audit is not performed, consider the plan’s implementation status, most recent energy performance, and if any new conservation measures should be considered and/or planned for.

Implementation Requirements

  1. Perform a Level I Walkthrough energy audit once every five years, per the guidance provided by the ASHRAE “Procedures for Commercial Buildings Energy Audits” document, as summarized below. This audit can be performed by a third-party provider or by in-house engineering staff trained in audit procedures. There are no specific criteria regarding who performs the audit.

    Minimum requirements for the ASHRAE Level I Walkthrough audit:
    1. Complete a preliminary energy use analysis and generate an annual energy use breakdown for the building by end-use, typically through a combination of general estimates for your building type, utility consumption analysis, spot metering, and calculated loads.
    2. Perform a walk-through survey of the facility.
    3. Meet with key building operation personnel to discuss consumption patterns or operations issues that may be affecting efficiency.
    4. Identify potential low- or no-cost changes to the facility or to operations and maintenance procedures, and estimate the energy and costs savings from each prospective energy conservation measure.
    5. Note any larger capital improvements that may be beneficial to study further, or if retrocommissioning activities are likely to lead to a significant improvement in the building’s performance.
    6. Summarize the results of the audit and opportunities for improvement in a report.
  2. In advance of the Annual Sustainability Planning Meeting, meet with the auditor to review performance and identify energy conservation measures that can be considered. 
  3. In years when a new audit is not performed, prepare for the Annual Sustainability Planning Meeting by updating the energy use analysis, documenting the implemented measures and outcomes, and identifying any new measures that should be evaluated and/or planned for.
     

Submittal Requirements

  • Energy audit report

  • Summary of the current-year energy conservation measures considered and the implementation plan for feasible improvements (this may be an excerpt from the Annual Sustainability Planning Meeting Report)

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