ASHRAE Level 1 Energy Audit
Energy Audit Can Lead to Operating Efficiency
Designed by the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), an ASHRAE Level 1 Energy Audit is the industry standard for a basic, walk-through energy audit that details energy use within various systems, as well as overall energy consumption patterns.
We use the ASHRAE 90 Energy Standard and ASHRAE 62.1 2010 Ventilation for Indoor Air Quality as the basis of our search energy efficiency and our report.
Consequentially, it has been adopted by LEED in many rating systems and is a prerequisite for LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance. A typical ASHRAE Level 1 will require at least 12 months of energy bills to understand and report the major uses (loads) of your building, and estimate how much energy each load is using. When complete, an ASHRAE Level 1 provides an overview as to what amount of energy various parts of the building are using. It also details "no" and "low-cost" measures which can be undertaken on the building to reduce energy needs.
The best reason to use this solution is if you are pursuing LEED Certification. As a prerequisite credit, it is required for existing buildings.
In addition to having an ASHRAE Level 1 Energy Audit done on your facility, we would incorporate a Custom Audit because it offers a more tailored energy audit of your facility. For instance, if a chiller upgrade would produce the quickest payback period and highest rate of return on a building if upgraded, an ASHRAE Level 1 would not include this analysis because it is not a no or low-cost item. However, we believe this information is useful for the building owner to know, in order to make appropriate capital budgeting and other capital expenditure decisions on the facility.
What We Need to Get Started
We will need to conduct a brief interview with your building operator, perform a walk-through of your facility, and have at least 12 months of utility bill data. For most buildings, we can turn around an ASHRAE Level 1 within one week. To learn more, or to schedule an ASHRAE Level 1 Energy Audit, contact us today for a free 30 minute fact-finding consultation.
Due to varying configurations and levels of operational management of buildings, we first must make a brief visit to the site to accurately give a price quote.