Advantages of a Building Energy Assessment
Energy consumption in the United States surpassed one hundred quadrillion British Thermal Units (BTUs) in 2022. A quadrillion is one followed by 12 zeroes. In 2005, just a short seventeen years prior, the total BTU consumption in the US was 70 quadrillion. It had previously taken fifty years, from 1955 to 2005, for consumption to grow 30 quadrillion BTUs.
As the digital world demands more electricity, buildings (non-industrial) are one of the largest energy consumption sectors. ScienceDirect says buildings are responsible for nearly 30% of worldwide CO2 emissions. Depending on the age, region of the country, or local codes, a facility may be a model of either energy efficiency or inefficiency. Every commercial building has unique energy consumption challenges and opportunities. An energy audit will assess the electrical infrastructure from load through distribution to lighting and control features.
Why conduct an energy audit?
Facility energy audits conducted by experienced professionals will typically identify numerous opportunities to reduce energy consumption and several other benefits impacting the structure and those who work, live, shop or play at the location. Here is a sample of the benefits resulting from a building energy audit:
- Reduced energy costs: Facility energy audits can identify areas where energy is wasted and provide recommendations for improvement. By implementing these recommendations, facilities can significantly reduce their energy consumption and associated costs.
Increased comfort and safety: Energy audits can also identify problems with heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems that can impact comfort and safety. By addressing these issues, facilities can improve indoor air quality, reduce noise, and create a more comfortable and safe environment for occupants.
- Extended equipment life: Energy audits can help identify and address problems with equipment that can lead to premature failure. By properly maintaining and operating equipment, facilities can extend its lifespan and reduce the need for costly repairs or replacements.
- Reduced environmental impact: Facilities can reduce their environmental impact by reducing energy consumption. This environmental improvement can help to improve air quality, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and conserve natural resources.
- Increased property value: Energy-efficient facilities are often more valuable than those that are not. Facilities can increase their market value by making energy-saving improvements and attracting more potential buyers or tenants.
Compliance with regulations: In some cases, facilities may be required to conduct energy audits to comply with government regulations. Facilities can ensure they meet all applicable requirements by conducting an energy audit.
- Improved decision-making: The data gathered during an energy audit can be used to make informed decisions about energy-related investments. This insight can help facilities to prioritize projects that will have the most significant impact on their energy consumption and costs.
- Enhanced employee morale: Employees are often more engaged when they know their employer is taking steps to reduce its environmental impact.
- Improved public image: Facility owners can enhance their public image and reputation by reducing energy consumption. Many corporations’ commitment to Net Zero is an example of these efforts. This investment can be beneficial for businesses that are looking to attract customers or investors.
Contact the team at Energy Planners to discuss an energy audit for your facility.