Each year, approximately 5 billion square feet of building space is renovated in the United States, as much as the amount of new construction. A renovation project offers a unique opportunity to retrofit a building for energy optimization.
Energy optimization through retrofits is gaining popularity. A McGraw Hill Construction survey found that 78 percent of building owners are planning for upgrades in the energy efficiencies of their portfolio. Replacing the existing lighting and HVAC units with more energy-efficient technology is a standard way to perform a retrofit. Another, more comprehensive and integrated approach—using active controls—can achieve energy savings of more than 50 percent.
Start with an Energy Audit
No matter what the scale and scope of the retrofit project, the critical first step is to establish a baseline of current energy use and performance by conducting an energy audit. An audit provides a clear overview of the overall energy consumption in a building, determining which building systems are operating near peak efficiency and which should be replaced. The energy audit should also include a review of the utility bills to see if consumption has increased during the past two years.
The energy audit provides a baseline of knowledge, identifying specific areas that need improvement. You can then work the numbers to find out which areas offer the best opportunity for a faster return on investment from the project. Goals can be set, and the success of the retrofit project can be objectively measured.
Tenzing offers a no-obligation survey and analysis to determine the potential energy savings for a single building or an entire portfolio. After the audit is completed, we provide the guidance and support to make cost-effective decisions about LED lighting, building controls, and energy management solutions.
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