ASHRAE offers energy audit road map

Jun 28, 2004

The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) offers a new publication that details procedures for obtaining accurate assessments of a building’s energy use and its realistic savings potential.

“Procedures for Commercial Building Energy Audits” provides procedures to guide analysts and owners in conducting audits and a uniform method for reporting basic information, such as building, system and energy use characteristics.

“Energy audits should be performed to understand how energy is being used in buildings and where there are opportunities for energy and cost savings,” says Richard Pearson, a principal contributor and member of ASHRAE Technical Committee 7.6, Systems Energy Utilization, which oversaw the publication. “Many buildings waste significant amounts of energy and the benefits of doing an energy audit can be substantial energy cost savings.”

The book contains 25 forms illustrating the content and arrangement of an effective energy analysis report. The forms also are included on an accompanying CD, allowing for customizing and printing.

The book outlines the four steps of the energy auditing process: a preliminary energy use analysis; a walk-through analysis; an energy survey and analysis; and a detailed analysis of capital intensive modifications.

This is the first published document that clearly defines the four levels of effort in a comprehensive energy audit, Pearson says.

The book is the result of two ASHRAE research projects, and costs $58 ($39 for ASHRAE members), plus shipping and handling.

To order, contact ASHRAE customer service at (800) 527-4723 (United States and Canada) or (404) 636-8400 (worldwide), fax (404) 321-5478, by mail at

1791 Tullie Circle NE, Atlanta, GA 30329
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