Burton conducts comprehensive energy and water audits on behalf of our clients. We work in concert with facility personnel and report our observations and recommendations for energy and water efficiency improvements. We document our findings in the form of a detailed report, capturing more efficient process and equipment ideas at the facility, as well as applicable rebates via the local utility. These recommendations are divided into low and no cost operating and capital improvements. Capital projects are segmented and prioritized based on ROI.
Burton also provides project management services to identify qualified equipment manufacturers and installation contractors, develop implementation timelines, obtain utility rebates, and measure and verify post-installation savings.
Following are some of the common findings and best practices that are typically identified from energy audits:
- Scheduling: In many buildings that we audit, there is equipment that runs when not needed.
- Control Setpoints: Most buildings have opportunities to optimize setpoints, such as space temperature, static pressure, differential pressure, chilled water and condenser water temperatures, etc.
- Adjusting for Actual Conditions: Most building systems are specified to operate correctly at peak, or extreme, conditions. However, these are not the actual conditions most of the time. We often find opportunities to adjust for actual load conditions.
- Equipment Efficiency: There are usually opportunities to upgrade equipment in existing buildings to newer, more efficient technology. Examples are upgrading to LED lighting and new HVAC equipment and controls.
- Maintenance Issues: Depending on the age of the building and the equipment, maintenance issues can be a common problem. Examples include faulty dampers, bad sensors, and small leaks. While relatively insignificant when considered individually, these small items can have a significant impact on energy performance when combined.
- Time-of-Use: It is important to understand a building’s rate structure. We routinely find opportunities to shift operations to a different time of day to save on energy costs.
Burton has prioritized the top suppliers and developed working relationships with many of these companies. Burton provides clients with best-in-class supplier rankings, documentation about suppliers and their products, and contact information. This saves our clients considerable capital, time and resources.