Thursday, July 26, 2012

What is an ASHRAE Audit? - How to Comply with the Existing Commercial Building Energy Performance Ordinance

BOMA San Francisco Members:

BOMA San Francisco is hosting this new seminar on Monday August 13th at the Pacific Energy Center with PG&E as the sponsor.  Click here to register!

The San Francisco Existing Commercial Building Ordinance sets energy efficiency goals for commercial buildings; sets reporting standards and methods for commercial properties, and defines deadlines for meeting goals and reporting a building's energy performance. Stage 1 involves the requirement for commercial buildings to be energy benchmarked using the EPA's Portfolio Manager site, Stage 2 involves the additional requirement for commercial buildings to get ASHRAE audits, and for the reporting of those audits results.

This seminar will provide commercial building owners, managers and operational staff an understanding of the ASHRAE Level Energy Efficiency audit requirement under the San Francisco Existing Commercial Buildings Energy Performance Ordinance. ASHRAE audits are detailed surveys of a building's energy costs and efficiency. The audit identifies energy savings and provides a cost benefit analysis of recommended energy conservation measures. The ordinance requires owners of commercial buildings over 10,000 sq. ft. to perform ASHRAE energy audits every five years and the first of the assigned deadlines is quickly approaching.

At the completion of the seminar, participants will have the knowledge they need to confidently decide what level of ASHRAE audit to conduct, who should perform the ASHRAE audit, what resources will need to be dedicated and what steps to take after an ASHRAE audit report is completed. An overview of a retro-commissioning study, which can be submitted for compliance in lieu of an ASHRAE audit, will also be provided.

  • 9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. : What is required by the San Francisco Existing Commercial Buildings Energy Performance Ordinance
  • 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.: Description of the levels of ASHRAE audits and how to get the most out of the audit
  • 10:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.: Description of retro-commissioning as an alternative to an ASHRAE audit
  • 10:45 a.m. - 11 a.m.: Q and A and wrap-up discussion

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