Developing energy efficiency solutions requires a detailed understanding of how and when a building, or process, consumes energy. The first priority in any efficiency study is to identify and remove the inefficiencies in the system(s). Once the waste is dealt with, then the focus can shift to the identification and redesign of low performance equipment and processes. An effective energy strategy typically involves a high-level system review, a detailed equipment assessment, and a representative energy model.
Energy Screening Audit
Energy screening audits are high-level assessments of the systems and processes in a facility. The goal of the audit is to identify non-operational waste and cost effective energy conservation measures (ECMs). A typical screening audit starts with a review of the historical energy consumption data, and the creation of a benchmark for comparison against industry standards. With an understanding of the energy consumption trends and operational needs of a building, or process, Equilibrium can develop the preliminary list of energy savings opportunities.
Feasibility studies are a focused review of one or more systems within a building or process. The systems that merit further analyses are studied using direct data collection (i.e. data logging), which is then used to create a detailed model of how the process consumes energy. Once complete, the energy model allows the assessment team to analyze how the proposed changes will affect the annual energy consumption patterns, and provides a detailed life cycle cost analysis of the investment. The final result is an accurate implementation strategy that can be used by management to make decisions.