Assessment occurs when the potential projects are identified, evaluated and prioritized. Benchmarking results that were gathered in the MEASUREMENT process are useful in comparing building performance across a portfolio of buildings. By analyzing this information, informed decisions can be made in assessing energy conservation efforts.
ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager allows you to compare your building’s performance to other similar types of buildings across the country. That information serves as a reference point as to where your building is in its potential relative to other existing buildings.
The assessment will quantify your building’s systems, document their make up and then determine the performance of each of those systems. Once those are determined, possible improvements can be input to see how much better performance can be with each possibility. Analyzing that potential performance also helps to prioritize which improvement, or group of improvements, should be made to achieve your performance and financial goals.
ACBI has created resources for you to conduct your own audit but first there is some homework involved in completing a successful self-audit. You’re going to need access to at least 12 months of utility bills (electricity, water/sewer, gas). If you are able to enter two or three years of data it will help further the accuracy of the information. For every appliance you’ll need the manufacturer, the serial number and the model number. There is a lot of counting involved because the tools will need to know how many light fixtures, their type, the schedules of usage, wattage, how they’re controlled, etc. And, you’ll need that same type of information for your plumbing fixtures: flow rates, schedules of use, etc. Understanding the age of your equipment also helps you to evaluate if and when it will be appropriate to replace it.
SMALL COMMERCIAL ENERGY AND WATER ASSESSMENT TOOLKIT
Guidance for assessment process: pre-assessment, site visit, post-assessment data download and analysis to help identify energy and water efficiency upgrade measures in small commercial buildings.
Fire stations' heavy operating hours, long-term building occupation and technically savvy staff create potential for energy savings where upgrades can be standardized across a portfolio of buildings.
RECREATION CENTER EFFICIENCY SOLUTIONS PACKAGE
Local municipalities can approach conserving energy and water and implementing institutional efficiency policies across their portfolio of recreation centers.