An Energy Audit is an assessment of where and how energy is used within your business, and potentially also an indepth evaluation of the condition and operation of energy-using equipment resulting in the identification and ROI analysis of specific Energy Conservation Measures (ECMs) or Energy Conservation Opportunities (ECOs). It examines such things as electricity usage and tariffs, load profiling, lighting systems, air conditioning (HVAC) systems, and specific electrical devices and services. An energy audit may be conducted at different levels depending on a business’s requirements;
Level 0 – Benchmarking: This level consists of a preliminary Whole Building Energy Use (WBEU) analysis based on the evaluation of historic utility use and costs and a comparison of the performances of the buildings to those of similar buildings (if available). This benchmarking of the studied installation allows determining if further analysis is required.
Level I – Walkthrough Audit: Preliminary analysis made to assess building energy efficiency to identify not only simple and low-cost improvements, but also a list of ECMs/ECOs to orient the future detailed audit. This inspection is based on visual verifications, study of installed equipment and operating data and a detailed analysis of recorded energy consumption collected during the benchmarking phase.
Level II – Detailed/General Energy Audit: Based on the results of the pre-audit, this type of energy audit consists of an energy use survey in order to provide a comprehensive analysis of the studied installation, a more detailed analysis of the facility, a breakdown of the energy use and a first quantitative evaluation of the ECMs/ECOs selected to correct the defects or improve the existing installation. This level of analysis can involve advanced on-site measurements and sophisticated computer based simulation tools to evaluate precisely the selected energy retrofits.
Level III – Investment-Grade Audit: Detailed analysis of Capital-Intensive modifications focusing on potential costly ECOs requiring rigorous engineering study.