Each year approximately 5 billion square feet of building space is renovated in the United States, equal to the amount of new construction. A renovation project offers a unique opportunity to retrofit a building for energy optimization.
Retrofitting buildings for energy optimization is gaining in popularity. A McGraw Hill Construction survey found that 78 percent of building owners are planning 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
But no matter what the scale and scope of the retrofit project, it’s critical to first establish a baseline of current energy use and performance by conducting an energy audit. It provides a clear overview of the overall energy consumption in a building and determines which building systems are operating near peak efficiency and which make more sense to 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.
Once the energy audit is completed, you now have a baseline of knowledge. Specific areas that need improvement have been identified. You can “work the numbers” and find 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.
Enterprise Solutions 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 the most cost-effective decisions for LED lighting, building controls, and energy management solutions.
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