Designed by the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), an ASHRAE Level 1 Energy Audit is the industry standard for a basic, walk-through energy audit that details energy use within various systems, as well as overall energy consumption patterns.
We use several ASHRAE Standards to diagnose buildings and as the basis of our energy efficiency report.
ASHREA Level 1 audits have been adopted by LEED and other rating systems and is a prerequisite for many utility rebates and for LEED for Existing Buildings. A typical ASHRAE Level 1 will require at least 12 months of energy bills to understand and report the major uses (loads) of your building, and estimate how much energy each load is using. When complete, an ASHRAE Level 1 provides an overview as to what amount of energy various parts of the building are using. It also details “no” and “low-cost” measures which can be undertaken on the building to reduce energy needs.
The best reason to use this solution is if you are pursuing LEED Certification or thinking of reducing your total annual energy usage. As a prerequisite credit in LEED certification, it is required for existing buildings.
In addition to having an ASHRAE Level 1 Energy Audit done on your facility, we can incorporate a Custom Audit including infiltration testing and thermal imaging scans because it offers a more tailored energy audit of your facility. For instance, if infiltration reduction would produce the quickest payback period and highest rate of return on a building, an ASHRAE Level 1 would not include this analysis because it is not covered under ASHREA audits and is not a no or low-cost item. However, we believe this information is useful for the building owner to know, in order to make appropriate capital budgeting and other capital expenditure and indoor air quality decisions on the facility.
An energy audit is the key to a systematic approach to decision-making in the area of energy management. The primary function of an energy audit is to identify all of the energy streams in a facility in order to balance total energy input with energy use.