Professional energy assessments also known as energy audits generally go into great detail to assess your business's energy use. The energy auditor will do a detailed examination of the facility, its plant, and systems as well as a thorough examination of past utility bills. Many professional energy assessments will include load monitoring which measures the electricity load 24/7 to identify trends and out of hour's power consumption.
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The difference between a building rating and an energy audit is that a building rating is just that a score card for the building. In essence, a measure of energy usage per square meter. A professional energy audit report will provide information and know how on how to improve that rating and how to increase efficiency, plant reliability and reduce operating costs.
A level 1 energy audit
A level energy 1 audit involves a detailed desktop energy examination of past utility bills and energy usage trends. Professional energy assessments will include load monitoring which measures the electricity load 24/7 to identify seasonal trends and out of hour's power consumption. A level 1 energy audit is the basis of a level 2 energy audit and is included in a level 2 energy audits.
Standard Energy Audit (recommended) - level 2 energy audit
The level 2 energy audit is the most common energy audit undertake because it provides a detailed investigation of energy usage and a report with recommendations on what to do to save energy, how much each initative will cost and how much it will save. It prioritises what actions to take and tells if you need a level 3 energy audit, in most cases you won't. Level 2 audits are great if you want to understand how the energy is being used, whats its being used for and what you can do to reduce energy costs. Good for improving business operations, performance and productivity.
This type of energy audit is a more detailed analysis of energy use, demand and costs more suited to business and industrial facilities. It is achieved by monitoring and measuring energy use and breaking down and allocating the energy usage of specific types of plant and equipment. The consultants determine how much energy is being used and the cost by each type of plant and equipment. The consultant uses the information to identifying and evaluating solutions to improve efficiency and reduce costs and consumption. The use of monitoring equipment and detailed approach enables solution and cost reductions to be quantified.
This type of energy audit is a management tool that can be used to identify, quantify and prioritise improvements to buildings and facilities that will reduce costs, energy consumption and waste on a best return on investment basis. Our Energy Corporate's energy auditors undertake detailed inspections of plant and equipment on site as we often find issues with air conditioning and control system performance and reliability have a signiifcant impact on running costs.
Specific Energy Audit - level 3 energy audit
This type of energy audit is utilised when specific problems or opportunities like control systems or HVAC chillers upgrades are required and the client wants justify and evaluate the project's potential energy and cost saving benefits in more detail than achieved during the Detailed Energy Audit.
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