The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) defines three levels of energy audits.
Level I: Site Assessment or Preliminary Audits identify no-cost and low-cost energy saving opportunities, and a general view of potential capital improvements. Activities include an assessment of energy bills and a brief site inspection of your building.
Level II: Level II audits include an in-depth analysis of energy costs, energy usage and building characteristics and a more refined survey of how energy is used in your building by conducting an hourly simulated hourly model.
Level III: Detailed Analysis (sometimes referred to as an “investment grade” audit) provide solid recommendations and financial analysis for major capital investments. In addition to Level I and Level II activities, Level III audits include monitoring, data collection and engineering analysis.
Energy Audits support an array of diverse sustainable activities:
- LEED Certifications
- 179 Tax Credits and Deductions
- To establish an energy consumption baseline;
- To benchmark with similar facilities under similar weather conditions;
- To identify existing energy cost reduction opportunities.
- Building energy benchmark
- High-level definition of energy system optimization opportunities outline applicable incentive programs
- Spotlight on Operational Discrepancies