July 1, 2018: For most commercial buildings, energy use is the most significant operating expense. In fact, on average approximately one-third of a typical operating budget is allocated to energy consumption.
Fortunately, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. A comprehensive energy audit provides commercial building owners the opportunity to increase profits and property asset values while simultaneously reducing operating expenses by becoming more energy efficient.
What is an Energy Audit?
An energy audit is designed to determine the amount of energy consumption associated with a building and the potential savings associated with energy consumption. An energy audit is designed to recognise the specific conditions influencing the performance and comfort of your building to maximise the overall impact of energy-focused building improvements.
The Energy ‘Doctor’ is In
Energy audits are generally completed by an Energy Services Company (ESCO), such as Taka Solutions. ESCO’s employ energy engineers and auditors who analyse your past energy consumption to determine how much your organisation can save regarding energy and cost.
Think of your energy audit as a sort of health check or MRI for your building. Your energy ‘doctor’ (i.e. Taka Solutions energy engineer) will run a full diagnostic workup of your building to determine what’s working and what’s not.
Based on their findings, the “Taka Doctors” will determine whether or not your building is “sick” (draining energy), or healthy (energy efficient). From here, your energy engineer can improve the health of your building by implementing Energy Efficiency Measures (EEMs). Just like your primary care provider, we will provide ongoing assistance to ensure that your building stays healthy by providing ongoing operations and maintenance.
Energy Audits to Suit Your Specific Needs
At Taka, our energy engineers offer a range of audits to meet the specific needs of our clients from walk-through to investment grade.
A walk-through audit is a brief assessment to identify low-cost energy improvements. The information gathered during a walk-through energy audit can be used to determine the focus of future, more detailed energy audits.
A general energy audit provides a more in-depth comprehensive evaluation of the building and potential energy conservation measures. During the course of your general energy audit, your energy auditor will collect detailed information, conduct in-depth interviews with operations or facilities managers, and provide EEMs to optimise your buildings energy consumption.
An investment-grade audit is a comprehensive analysis of dramatic energy efficiency improvements with a distinct focus on financial concerns and ROI. From your building’s air-conditioning equipment and exterior to your internal structure, an investment-grade energy audit takes everything into account. This extensive audit will determine how your systems interact with one another – locating air leakage, inefficiencies, unwanted heat transmission, and more.
Are you looking for a more focused energy audit? Our energy engineers can help. If you have a specific concern within your building, we can conduct an audit dedicated to determining the root cause of your concern.
From initial walk-through audits to full-scale investment-grade audits, the energy engineer audits at Taka are here to help your organisation increase energy efficiency, increase your ROI, and lower your carbon footprint.
Benefits of An Energy Audit
After your audit, your energy engineer will recommend and implement cost-effective solutions to maximise building efficiency while minimising immediate expenses. Energy audit benefits associated with energy efficiency include:
- Increased profits
- Reduced energy expenses
- Higher ROI
- Protection against rising energy costs
- Minimised operating budgets
- Increased building value
- Increased competitive differentiation
- Risk reduction for facility owners
- And more
To learn more about how an energy audit can help your organisation, contact a member of our team today. We look forward to hearing from you.