What are the Three Levels of Commercial Energy Audits?

January 23, 2015 Written by  Comments Print
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A commercial energy audit offers a building operator a unique insight into the energy usage of a commercial facility. The goal of an audit is twofold.

First, to determine areas where energy is being wasted due to the continuing use of old, outdated equipment, and

Second, to make recommendations for replacing equipment and provide analysis and estimates as to the cost savings provided by this equipment.

The Three Levels of Commercial Energy Audits

There are three levels of commercial energy audits, and they're very easy to remember.

  • Level I Energy Audit

  • Level II Energy Audit

  • Level III Energy Audit

In this blog, we'll talk about the differences between these three levels, and how to determine which one is right for your commercial facility.

Level I Energy Audit

A Level I Energy Audit is designed to determine the current energy usage and efficiency levels of a commercial facility. The auditor surveys the building and analyzes energy bills in order to determine these figures. Then, the auditor gives an estimate for the cost and potential savings that could be realized with low-cost/no-cost efficiency measures, and does the same for some capital improvements.

This level of energy audit is ideal when an owner wants to determine the greatest potential for energy efficiency improvements among multiple buildings, or is uncertain as to whether a building would benefit from energy efficiency improvements.

Level II Energy Audit

This level of energy audit is the most commonly performed of the three. If a level I audit is dipping a toe in to test the waters, a level II audit is jumping right in. Level II audits offer comprehensive analysis of individual building systems and components, which results in specific calculations as to energy savings potential and potential return on investment. Level II audits also give cost/benefit analysis for capital-intensive energy efficiency improvements with a moderate level of confidence, which would be bolstered by further analysis.

Level III Energy Audit

Level III is designed for large scale energy efficiency improvements. It includes comprehensive analysis of capital-intensive improvements in order to generate a high level of confidence that large scale operations need in order to move forward. This level of audit is only used by the largest commercial facilities. Please note the greeNEWit does not offer level III audits.

Commercial Energy Audits from greeNEWit

greeNEWit offers Level I and II Energy Audits for commercial facilities looking to make the first step towards a more energy efficient facility. Our engineering team works with standards developed by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) in order to provide you with the analysis you need to make an informed decision about upgrading components in your facility. We also offer remote energy audits for properties where physical site assessments are not feasible or required. Call today at 866.994.7639 or visit us at our website for more information.

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