A commercial energy audit is a task performed for information purposes exclusively; however, if the energy consulting firm is retained by a commercial building owner to perform an audit of the building the aim of the audit will differ. In this particular circumstance, it is seen that the information of the audit is important but the goal is not only to provide information but also to improve the efficiency of the commercial property. Energy efficiency is an important aspect of commercial companies in the 21st century as it is a method to reduce carbon pollution. This article will point out the different aspects involved in a corporate energy audit and explain how it is performed.
1. Initial Consultation
The first step to any energy audit is an initial consultation between the customer and the energy efficiency company. This consultation is necessary for the provider to explain the energy auditing procedure and how it is utilized to identify specific solutions. During the consultation, the consumer is able to ask questions and discuss the desired outcomes. This consultation is generally free of charge.
2. The Audit
Once an agreement has been made for the energy audit to be performed, the energy efficient provider will examine the building’s energy performance on a structure-wide basis. This includes reviewing items such as, the HVAC efficient and building envelope efficiency. Using the information obtained, the consultant will organize another consultation to discuss the issue with the consumer.
3. Second Consultation
Following a commercial energy audit, the provider will perform an appraisal of the building and its energy performance. During the appraisal areas for improvement regarding energy efficiency will be identified and assessment. The second consultation allows a discussion and evaluation of this assessment by the provider and consumer where the consumer can ask any questions necessary. During this consultation further plans on project development will be considered such as, the environmental goals and costs.
4. Formal Proposal
Following the second consultation, the provider will present the consumer with a formal proposal for the energy efficiency project based on the project plan or desired outcomes. The proposal typically presents a numbers based ROI and this will be discussed. If the proposal is accepted, a project manager will be selected by the consumer to oversee the different areas of the project as it progresses. It is important to note that the project is not generally financed by the energy consulting firm and final payment for all project services will be made upon project completion.