Energy Audit | BUILDING Performance Assessment
Reduce Building Operating Costs
Building performance assessment program
As a building owner or manager, you are driven by rising utility costs, quality service demands, and rapidly developing technologies. We perform a comprehensive survey and thorough building assessment, providing a unique approach to preventive maintenance.
Utilizing BuildingAdvice™, a portable wireless system for assessing building performance, we can provide you with professional, detailed reports that document opportunities for you to save money and improve tenant comfort.
Building Performance Assessment Benefits
Through documentation, reporting, and historical data, we’ll identify ways for you to cut maintenance costs and avoid unnecessary spending.
Your people are your most important asset. We’ll help you to minimize complaints and improve comfort by reporting on set-points and documenting the complete tasking of maintenance.
Utility & energy savings
Through documenting temp, lighting and ventilation controls and through benchmarking, we will identify savings opportunities, including no-cost/low-cost options.
Take the guesswork out of your planning with documented justification for improvements, including repairs, retrofit, and replacements for your HVAC systems.
Peace of mind
You can be assured that there is a critical awareness of systems operation.
“Just a couple of years ago, rent appreciation had a major impact on asset values. Operating costs were not at the top of a building owner’s priority list. Today, as rent growth has slowed, reducing operating costs can have a significant impact on the value of a building. Energy efficiency has now become a priority.”
Mark Fitkin, Managing Director, CB Richard Ellis
Getting started is simple and the solution to helping you get the best performance out of your building is straightforward.
Typically, the process would include:
- Initial meeting
- Equipment survey
- Building performance assessment
- Preliminary recommendations
- Program recommendation
- Implementation schedule
- Performance review
Building Energy Assessment Process
With the use of wireless monitors, we are able to measure Temperature, Humidity, Carbon Dioxide, and Lighting Levels, multiple times per hour over a period of time (normally 7 days). These monitors communicate with each other and continuously feedback data that can be remotely seen in real time over the internet. The results are graphed on a time line to provide visual reference to verify Proper Temperature Levels, Night Set-Back Operation, Proper Ventilation, and Proper Lighting Controls.
This information provides an Energy Performance Model which can then be used to assess the energy efficiency of the building. Similar to a doctor reading an electro-cardiogram, an engineer can determine the health of the building by reviewing the graphs; is the building over-ventilated? Is it over cooled/heated? Is the night set-back operating correctly? Are the lights staying on all night long? Are the complaints about being too hot or too cold, too humid, or too stuffy legitimate? Is the air conditioning working efficiently enough to control the humidity?
The small wireless monitors are economical to deploy. Depending on the locations in a building, ten (10) monitors can be “installed” in one to two hours. The power source for the monitors can be either battery operated or plug-in to a wall outlet. Below are sample graphs. Additionally, an impressive assessment analysis is created detailing an explanation of the readings and summary of the savings potential.
R. M. THORNTON, INC.
120 Westhampton Avenue
Capitol Heights, MD 20743-3516
301/350-5000 FAX 301/499-3609