When was the last time you had a building performance assessment on your multi-unit residential complex? Building assessments are designed to show you where your building needs improvement in order to become more energy efficient. In general, building assessments are performed between one and five years after completion, according to Ecosmart. These initial assessments are designed to tell the building owners and managers if the building is performing up to its design specs. If you haven’t had a building performance assessment performed since the initial review, you could be losing money and compromising your tenants’ comfort.
Improve Energy Efficiency
According to the Midwest Energy Alliance (MEEA), the commercial and residential building in the United States used 40 percent of all the energy that is consumed. A building performance assessment can help find where energy is being wasted in your building. The most common area is the HVAC unit. Inefficient models, failure to utilize programmable thermostats and air duct leaks can cause your unit to use 30 percent more energy than it should.
Less Indoor Air Pollution
Leaky windows and doors and dirty, leaky air ducts can contribute to an increase in indoor air pollution. A building performance assessment can help determine if you are losing climate controlled air and letting outside air into your building through drafts and leaky ducts. Outside air is full of dust, dirt, pollen and ozone. When these contaminants enter your building, they are continuously recirculated via your HVAC system. Once the evaluation is complete, you can make a plan to install energy efficient windows and doors and have your air ducts sealed. This will reduce the amount of air pollution in your building.
Improve Occupant Comfort
When air leaks and drafts are fixed and the efficiency of your HVAC system is improved, your residents will notice an increase in their indoor comfort. This is because your building will not have any hot drafts in the summer or cold drafts in the winter, and your HVAC system will be able to keep the public rooms at a constant temperature. The reduction in indoor air pollution means that your residents and employees will breathe easier and experience fewer indoor allergy symptoms.
Once your energy leaks have been identified and corrected, you will save money. Improving the efficiency of your HVAC unit by upgrading to a more energy efficient version and fixing the holes in your ductwork can save you in excess of 30 percent each month on your utility bills. Your HVAC system will also not need as many repairs, and it’s useful life may be increased.
Energy Efficient Upgrades
A building performance evaluation will tell you where you need to make energy efficient upgrades. Common energy efficient improvements include cleaning and sealing ducts, replacing outdated HVAC systems with modern energy efficient systems, installing low-flow faucets and showers and installing energy efficient light bulbs.
Here at Althoff Industries, we can perform your whole building energy assessment and recommend energy efficient upgrades, including installing a building automation system, new HVAC system and performing certain energy retrofits. If you are worried about the cost of making energy efficient upgrades, we can help you find and stay compliant with certain energy efficient rebate programs. To get started finding the energy rebate programs that may apply to you, we recommend checking out Franklin Energy.
To learn more about energy assessments and energy retrofits and to schedule a building performance evaluation, call us at 800-225-2443.