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Ashrae Energy Audit: Optimizing Energy Efficiency and Performance

Optimize your building’s energy performance with ASHRAE Energy Audit, guided by Green Canada Energy Advisors for a greener future.

What is ASHRAE Energy Audit?

Energy Efficiency Assessment and Optimization with ASHRAE energy audit

ASHRAE, the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers, has established Standard 211-2018 to guide the Energy Audit process for Commercial Buildings. This comprehensive standard categorizes audits into three levels: Level 1, Level 2, and Level 3.

Applicable to various building types such as commercial, institutional, and Large Multifamily Residential) except single-family houses, Multifamily structures of three stories or fewer above grade, manufactured houses (mobile homes), and manufactured houses (modular).

Energy Efficiency Assessment and Optimization with ASHRAE energy audit
Why Green Canada Energy Advisors

Your Qualified Energy Auditor for ASHRAE Level 1, 2, and 3 Audits

At Green Canada Energy Advisors, we are proud to be qualified energy auditors for ASHRAE Level 1, 2, and 3 audits. Our team of experts, including licensed Professional Engineers (P.Eng), and certified individuals by the U.S. Department of Energy have extensive knowledge and experience in conducting comprehensive energy assessments. We are equipped to deliver accurate and reliable results, providing valuable insights for energy efficiency improvements

ASHRAE Level 1, 2, and 3 Audits

Maximizing Energy Efficiency with ASHRAE Energy Audits

ASHRAE Energy Audits offer numerous benefits for homeowners and businesses seeking to maximize energy efficiency. Having chosen Level 3 Audit will provide you with a comprehensive assessment of energy use, identifying areas for improvement and potential energy-saving measures.

Benefits of having this audit include but are not limited to lowering maintenance costs, reducing energy bills, improving comfort and air quality, helping secure LEED certification, lowering building carbon footprint, and the potential for available energy incentives

  1.  Green Industrial Facilities and Manufacturing Program (GIFMP)
  2. Canada Greener Affordable Housing (CGAH)
  3. Deep Retrofit Accelerator Initiative (DRAI)

By conducting an ASHRAE Energy Audit, you gain valuable insights into your building’s energy performance, allowing you to make informed decisions and prioritize cost-effective energy upgrades. The detailed analysis provided by the audit helps uncover hidden energy waste and inefficiencies, leading to significant energy and cost savings over time.

How much can you save through the ASHRAE Audit process?

The answer depends on various factors specific to your building’s energy usage and operations. To determine the potential savings, a Preliminary Energy-Use Analysis is conducted as a prerequisite for all ASHRAE Audits.

If your building has undergone energy-wise improvements within the past 10 years, the potential for further improvement may be limited. However, buildings without significant energy upgrades can expect around a 20% potential savings. However, starting a deep retrofit following the energy study can lead to 80% reduction!

ASHRAE Level 1 Audit - Walk-Through Analysis

The ASHRAE Level 1 audit, also known as a "simple audit" or "screening" audit, serves as the initial step towards energy optimization. It involves interviews with building staff, a review of utility bills and data, and a brief walkthrough of the facility. The primary focus of the Level 1 audit is to identify potential energy efficiency improvements, understand the building's configuration, and assess energy systems. The results of the Level 1 audit typically include a preliminary energy-use benchmark and a concise report highlighting recognizable efficiency opportunities. While comprehensive recommendations may be limited, notable projects or operational issues can be identified.
The ASHRAE Level 1 audit aims to achieve energy optimization, provide insight into the building's performance compared to peers, establish a baseline for measuring improvements, determine the need for further evaluation, and guide the focus of subsequent efforts. This approach helps minimize the costs associated with more extensive ASHRAE Level 2 and Level 3 audits.

ASHRAE Level-2 Energy Survey Analysis

The ASHRAE Level-2 audit is the next phase for most facilities, building upon the Level-1 findings. It conducts a detailed examination of energy systems, including the Building Envelope, Lighting, HVAC, Domestic Hot Water, Plug Loads, and more. The audit analyzes energy consumption, performance metrics, and factors impacting occupant comfort. It results in a concise report with potential Energy Efficiency Measures (EEMs), ranging from low-cost measures to capital upgrades. The Level-2 findings facilitate evaluation by the Owner and Management Team, enabling decision-making for implementation.

ASHRAE Level-3 - Detailed Analysis of Capital-Intensive Modifications

The ASHRAE Level-3 audit is pursued when significant investments are required for system updates or retrofits identified in the Level-2 audit. It aims to provide a thorough understanding of benefits, costs, and performance expectations, commonly known as an "investment-grade" audit. Investment amounts can range from tens of thousands to tens of millions of dollars, and the Level-3 audit is typically recommended based on Level-2 findings.

The Level-3 audit focuses on a "whole-building computer simulation" that accurately models the building's response to energy system changes and architectural modifications. It involves extensive data collection using temporary data loggers to track various parameters. This data is used to calibrate the computer model, ensuring accurate simulation results. The calibrated model enables precise simulations of energy system changes, and construction-grade cost estimating helps facilitate informed investment decisions.

The Level-3 audit provides a robust understanding of potential outcomes before committing resources to complex energy system modifications or retrofits.

Take the First Step Towards Energy Efficiency

Ready to optimize your building’s energy performance and embrace sustainability?

Contact Green Canada Energy Advisors today to schedule a free consultation and explore how ASHRAE Energy Audits can benefit your project. Our qualified energy auditors will guide you through the process, provide accurate insights, and help you make informed decisions for a more energy-efficient future.

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FAQs about ASHRAE Energy Audit

ASHRAE Energy Audits identify energy-saving opportunities, propose low-cost upgrades, and prioritize energy efficiency projects, leading to reduced energy bills and lower maintenance costs, and reducing the carbon footprint of a building.

Yes, ASHRAE Energy Audits assess various factors impacting comfort and air quality, allowing for improvements in these areas through energy-efficient measures.

Yes, in addition to the cost savings achieved through energy efficiency, there may be possible incentives. However, as the programs are changing regularly, you can give us a call for an updated information.

Yes, Green Canada Energy Advisors provide complementary services such as energy management consulting and renewable energy solutions to further enhance sustainability and energy efficiency.

Green Canada Energy Advisors include licensed Professional Engineers (P.Eng) and individuals certified by the U.S. Department of Energy.

The timeline for an ASHRAE Energy Audit varies based on the complexity of the building and the desired level of assessment, typically ranging from a week to a couple of months.

What Our Customers Say

victor da silva
victor da silva
Sara was great , explained everything in great detail.
amir khajezadeh
amir khajezadeh
I’ve had a great experience with this company for doing the energy audit in my house in Burlington. Highly recommended!
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jena k siva
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Linda Lomax
Excellent visit from Sara, our assigned energy auditor. She arrived on time and was very thorough and quick! No surprises. I appreciated her expertise and explanations of her readings and measurements. Thanks for making this easy to the home owner.
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Wamae Gichuru
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