Energy audits help a city roll out its Energy Ordinance

  • ASHRAE

Background

The City of San Francisco recognized the need for energy efficiency and required all existing buildings over 10,000 sq. ft. to undergo an energy benchmarking assessments (annually) and an energy audit (every 5 years). The City needed qualified firms (with proven energy benchmarking and audit experience) to rapidly deploy resources on over 2,000 buildings.

Approach

To meet the demand for benchmarking and audit services, Pundir Group employed the following:

  • Developed standard templates for rapid delivery of services
  • Conducted a systematic and detailed examination of all building systems and operations for each customer; assessed whether building systems were operating efficiently and as intended
  • Performed benchmarking, deployed data loggers and analyzed BAS trends

Qualifications

Pundir Group’s staff has performed over 250 audits for facilities ranging from 10,000 to 4,000,000 sq ft. and carries Certified Energy Manager and Professional Engineering licenses.  As a result of its experience, Pundir Group was one of the first firms approved by the City to help roll out its Ordinance.

Final Results

Pundir Group helped its customers achieve annual energy savings of over 20% and eliminated over 1.2 metric tons CO2.  With the ordinance, the City has decreased energy used by 7.9% and source emissions by 17%.  Energy audits for over 800 buildings have identified $60.6 million in opportunities for cost-effective energy efficiency investments.

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