Energy Conservation Energy Conservation

Our energy conservation programs focus on reducing the consumption of energy at the property level and across portfolios. We will work with you to decipher the information gained via utility data management and to implement operational and capital improvement projects.

  • Operational Improvements impact all client assets, and may entail process changes, modifications to equipment specifications and purchasing practices, and employee training and education sessions. One of the cornerstones of Burton’s energy management approach with our clients is implementing a basic set of energy best practices across their portfolios. These best practices focus on operational improvements and practical hands-on strategies that can be implemented for little or no cost and can be applied immediately to start saving energy and money. While some of these operational strategies may seem like common sense, we often find that they are not commonly put into practice. Burton also provides independent evaluation of energy efficient products to assist clients in making informed decisions about energy products and strategies that work best for their business. Our clients typically see a reduction in energy consumption of 5% or more from these operational improvements.
  • Retro-commissioning (RCx) can be used to help a facility and its systems operate at an optimum level to meet its current and anticipated future requirements (not necessarily its original design). RCx focuses mainly on operational and controls related issues to fine-tune the operation and maximize the performance of systems to drive energy savings and resolve occupant comfort issues. As a result, recommended RCx measures can typically be implemented for minimal or no cost. Burton is an approved RCx service provider in several utility-sponsored RCx programs. These programs can provide significant incentives, and the cost of the study may even be fully-funded by the utility in some cases. Burton can assist throughout the different stages of a utility sponsored RCx program by helping navigate the application phase, perform the site assessment and report deliverables as part of the investigation phase, and perform all aspects of measurement and verification (M&V).
  • Capital Improvement projects are identified during site energy audits. These audits are typically targeted for facilities with the highest energy consumption and rates. Burton views energy and water audits as an important first step to improve the profitability and reduce the environmental footprint of facilities. Burton has seasoned and accredited energy engineers who understand not only the fundamentals of energy management, but also the realities of operating different kinds of facilities. An energy audit addresses all major energy end use equipment and control systems, and available utility rebates and incentives are also identified during the audit process which may help to offset implementation costs. We work with our clients to understand their return on investment objectives and identify projects that meet those criteria.

Our energy audits typically include a comprehensive energy balance which allocates site energy consumption by end use:


Our energy audits also typically include an energy usage summary section which provides a detailed review of the rates and energy profiles for all major utilities.




Burton can also conduct audits that will allow a facility to meet its energy audit requirements that are in effect for several cities throughout the country. Burton understands the complexities of these utility mandated audits and can advise on audit due dates, exemptions, and extensions, if necessary. Burton engineers are accredited to perform Level II audit to meet the various energy assessment requirements for most cities throughout the country, and we will complete all aspects of filing to fully meet each city’s specific ordinance requirements.

Please explore our expertise in the following areas of energy conservation:

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