Commercial Energy Auditor


Commercial Energy Consumption in the U.S.

According to the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), in the United States alone, buildings account for 39% of energy use, 72% of electricity consumption and 38% of CO2 emissions. From 1980 to 2005, economic activity in real GDP terms doubled, which essentially led to commercial floor-space (in square feet) increasing by roughly 50% during the same period1. Consequently, energy use reduction has become a prime concern for regulators, administrative officials and building owners.  It is not surprising then that the value of residential and commercial repairs and retrofits reached $400 billion! Commercial energy auditors conduct building retrofits that have ranged from building envelope improvements, roofing repairs, lighting upgrades to complete building tear-outs.

Selecting Commercial Energy Auditors

Energy Audits are highly technical studies which involve the study of building energy use patterns. In commercial buildings, energy audits should be conducted under the expert supervision of qualified and certified commercial energy auditors.  With a significant amount of buildings’ carbon emissions stemming from burning of coal to supply electricity, commercial energy auditors are faced with the challenge of reducing energy usage while simultaneously improving operational efficiency in commercial buildings. As a result, it is important that you select only the most qualified and experienced commercial energy auditors that provide comprehensive energy reports for all building types and energy usage intensities.

Fortunately, New York City has passed an energy mandate (Local Law 43 in 2010) that requires all buildings burning dirty fuels like No. 6 heating oil to eventually convert to cleaner alternatives like No. 2 heating oil (temporarily to No. 4 oil) and natural gas by 2015. Local Law 87 has mandated energy audits and retro-commissioning for large covered properties, which has widened the scope for commercial energy auditors providing energy efficiency improvements to base building systems and equipment including - lighting fixtures, windows, insulation, building controls, appliances as well as whole-building design and construction. It is important that energy audits be conducted by certified commercial energy auditors because each commercial building has unique energy demands and equipment.

Our Commercial Energy Auditors

Associated Renewable takes a highly systematic and customized approach to each energy efficiency project undertaken by its team of commercial energy auditors. First, our energy engineers led by a team of certified technical experts will evaluate your property’s energy usage using the latest data logging equipment. After conducting a whole-building analysis that looks at not only base building systems but also advanced energy-using equipment, the team will generate a comprehensive report detailing the findings of the audit and propose energy conservation measures (ECMs) along with their financial analysis. Working in tandem with the commercial energy auditors, our in-house Grants Specialists will work to identify all applicable grants for your efficiency projects and handle the entire application process right from due diligence to acquisition of the funding letter.

 

 

1Energy Efficiency Trends in Residential and Commercial Buildings, EERE – Oct. 2008