Investment Grade Energy Audit by Shirley J. Hansen

By Shirley J. Hansen

This publication used to be written to offer energy-involved pros the instruments they should take their power audits to the following point, and use them to safely expect a building's destiny strength use and precise rate reductions capability. Going past the normal power audit, which can result in projections that are usually off by means of up to 20%, this publication offers distinctive guidance on the right way to use the hot instrument, the funding grade audit (IGA), which permits prediction of discounts with a lot larger accuracy. development at the conventional audit, the IGA calls for the addition of a "risk evaluate part" which evaluates stipulations in a selected development and/or strategy and decreases the extent of uncertainty as to how proposed power potency measures will quite behave over the years. The authors have lined each point of the IGA, together with hazard administration, the "people" issue, dimension and verification, financing matters, file presentation instructions, and grasp making plans techniques.

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Dealing with nightmares and things that go bump in the night seem easier, but it’s not quite as overwhelming as it seems at first glance. Auditors have for years taken into account the impact people might have on the designs or changes they are considering. Equipment has been selected based on the operations and maintenance staff’s ability to operate and maintain such equipment. Controls have been judged cost-effective in many facilities, because the people could not be counted on to routinely turn things off.

M&V Options The four options provided in the MVP are described very briefly below. For those who wish to have a little more depth of understanding regarding the options and their applications, additional details are available in the appendices. The material in the appendix is designed to aid those who wish to be more conversant regarding the options, but it is not adequate to perform the M&V tasks. Those performing M&V work need to use the IPMVP guidelines themselves. Option A.

Utilities bills are going up… where do we get the money? Cut the O&M budget. We need money for a new piece of equipment on the assembly line? Cut maintenance. Facilities throughout the country are suffering the consequences of prolonged procrastination in the area of equipment maintenance, O&M staff training and O&M manpower. As a result, equipment has deteriorated, along with O&M staff morale. An even greater irony is that deferred maintenance reduces energy efficiency. A less efficient operation increases the utility bill.

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