Buildings tend to become less efficient over time and with changing use. Additionally, building technologies, utility rates, and financial incentives are constantly in flux. An energy engineer can inspect your building and make recommendations for increased energy efficiency.
The audit process typically involves a site inspection to review existing operations and equipment, a report of findings, and a cost-benefit analysis of potential opportunities.
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The auditing process typically involves an energy engineer assembling data, inspecting the site, performing a quantitative analysis, and reporting the findings. The process averages 2-4 weeks to complete, but may vary significantly based on the building type, size, and project scope. The engineer will inspect lighting, HVAC and refrigeration systems, building envelope, process equipment, and occupant behavior to determine the most cost-effective energy-saving possibilities.
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The audit provides a blueprint for implementing efficiency projects that produce a positive return on investment.
The US Department of Energy recommends that every building get an energy audit every five years.
Audits may be performed to varying levels of depth:
- "Level I" audits are qualitative and fairly inexpensive
- "Level II" audits are quantitative and involve a more detailed analysis
While energy auditors are not licensed, the Certified Energy Manager (CEM) and Professional Engineer (PE) designations are widely recognized in the industry.