Energy Efficiency Studies and Verification
Building Performance Audits and Benchmarking
Energy costs continue to increase for businesses and conducting a Building Energy Performance Assessment (BEPA) or a Level I ASHRAE Audit is a good start to reviewing the energy and water usage in a building.
Once the audit is completed the building can be benchmarked to the building’s peer group using EPA’s Energy Star Portfolio Manager™ Energy Performance Rating (EPR), which is a score of 1 to 100. Energy Star labeled buildings must have a minimum EPR of 75 which means it is in the top 25% of buildings in its peer group in the United States.
We will also review the indoor and outdoor water usage in the building to benchmark the water usage to typical water usage trends in similar buildings in similar climate zones.
EC2 also is a certified Energy Advisor within Noesis.com, which is a cloud-based benchmarking and assessment portal, and we are also a member of HonestBuildings.com.
Economic Feasibility Studies
We can evaluate the cost-benefit of energy efficiency measures for preliminary and bankable-level feasibility as part of an energy retrofit project or as part of a LEED EBO+M feasibility assessment. This includes life cycle costing using worksheets and parametric or sensitivity analysis using eQuest™ energy simulation runs.
Building Energy Performance Disclosure Services
Recent regulatory and standards developments are creating a need to prepare building energy performance disclosures in California under AB 1103 “Nonresidential Building Energy Performance Rating Disclosure Regulations” which is now to be enforeced on July 1, 2013 for buildings over 50,000 gsf. Other disclosure laws already implemented include the City of San Francisco disclosure laws, City of Seattle, City of Austin, and City of New York’s Local Law 84.
ASTM has also adopted BEPA Standard E2797-11 that assist building owners in preparing building energy disclosure reports with proper auditing, assessing, and reporting the results. EC2 can assist building owners, sellers, or operators in assessing, preparing, and presenting reports that meet these new disclosure mandates and standards.