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Industrial and Commercial Energy Audit Process Course
This Commercial Energy Audit Process Course is for those undertaking energy audits of commercial and industrial facilities, not applicable for residential energy audits. This course aims to provide you with a proven-effective process that may help you meet the intent of each energy audit standard.
Although our Process of Undertaking a Successful Energy Audit course does not specify calculations for savings measures, it does show you a thorough process to follow for undertaking these calculations.
This Commercial Energy Audit Process Course is accredited by ESTA (Energy Services and Technology Association).
What You’ll Learn
- A comprehensive process for successfully undertaking an energy audit
- What you need to do before the audit to keep everyone happy
- Six principles for a successful audit.
- A thorough process that can be used to deliver an Investment Grade Audit (IGA) or Detailed Feasibility Study (DFS)
- How to ensure that your estimates of savings are realistic
- How to present your findings in a way that maximizes the chance your recommendations will be implemented
Process of Undertaking a Successful Energy Audit Description
Energy Efficiency is recognized by the International Energy Agency as being the first fuel. Energy audits can play a crucial role in ensuring that investments to improve the efficiency of existing facilities are effective. Around the world, governments encourage, support, and mandate the undertaking of energy audits.
Unfortunately, many audits are not undertaken successfully. In fact, an evaluation of several hundred energy audits of commercial and industrial facilities undertaken in recent years in Victoria, Australia, found that roughly only 50% of the audits were successful.
In this Commercial Energy Audit Process Course, you’ll learn a comprehensive process for successfully undertaking an energy audit. You can apply this process to deliver an Investment Grade Audit (IGA) or Detailed Feasibility Study (DFS).
CPD / CEU / PDH / CEP / CPC
Continuing Education (CE) or Continuing Professional Development (CPD) refers to additional formal learning activities that are required to maintain a professional certification or accreditation.
CE or CPD comes in many names but represents the same thing. Here are some of them that may be used in your country:
- CPD – Continuing Professional Development
- CEU – Continuing Education Units
- PDH – Professional Development Hours
- CEP – Continuing Education Programs
- CPC – Continuing Professional Competency
Many of our courses provide Continuing Professional Development credits, points, hours, or units. To learn more about Continuing Education and Continuing Professional Development, please read here.
This Commercial Energy Audit Process Course Is Perfect For:
This course is for those undertaking energy audits of commercial and industrial facilities. We developed it for anyone interested in conducting energy audits or someone who already undertakes energy audits.
If you are already an energy auditor, this Commercial Energy Audit Process Course is for you if any of the following apply:
- Implementation rates of your recommendations are low
- You are not following a systematic process for identifying savings opportunities
- You feel your energy audit reports are sometimes simply expensive papers
- You consistently struggle to identify opportunities that can deliver large energy savings
- Customers are angry because savings haven’t been nearly as much as you estimated
If you are new to energy auditing or have only done a few audits, taking this course should save you a great deal of effort and learning by trial and error.
Why and How This Course Has Been Developed
We developed this Commercial Energy Audit Process Course because far too many energy audits have low implementation rates, fail to thoroughly investigate all savings opportunities, and costs and savings are sometimes poorly estimated.
Your instructor is an energy auditor with more than two decades of experience and has undertaken energy audits, including IGAs/DFSs of hundreds of facilities:
- Municipal buildings
- Food manufacturers
- Chemical manufacturers
- Primary producers
He has assisted energy users achieve measured reductions in their energy use of up to 80%.
In developing this Commercial Energy Audit Process Course, the following standards have been consulted:
- ISO 50002 (2014), Energy Audits
- ASHRAE Standard 211 (2018) Commercial Energy Audits
- Australia/New Zealand Standard 3598.1:2014 (Commercial Energy Audits) and 3498.2:2014 (Industrial Energy Audits) — your instructor for this Commercial Energy Audit Process Course is a committee member that developed this standard
- European Standard EN 16247 (2012, 2014) Energy Audits
The Commercial Energy Audit Process Course is not a guide to these various standards, but it is applicable to energy audits undertaken anywhere.
“In my experience in engaging with many people interested in working in energy efficiency, I find that they often come with a technology focus rather than a system’s focus.
For example, in looking at an HVAC system, the opportunity that they’ll get most excited about is replacing the old chiller with a new chiller. But more significant savings, and at a lower cost, may be possible by looking at the HVAC system, not just individual technologies in the system.
This systems-focused approach isn’t being taught anywhere to the best of my knowledge. But it’s part of this course and is one of the reasons why I’ve developed this course!”
As an energy auditor or aspiring energy auditor, this Commercial Energy Audit Process Course is designed to help you deliver audits with higher implementation rates and identify more savings opportunities with better estimates of costs and savings.
Become an Investment Grade Energy Auditor
If you want to further improve your energy systems management and optimization skills, we highly recommend completing our Investment Grade Energy Auditor (IGEA) certification.
By acquiring a IGEA certificate, you’ll be qualified to conduct professional energy audits for corporations, manufacturing plants, buildings, and other establishments in the industrial sector.
This Process of Undertaking a Successful Energy Audit course is the second part of the IGEA certification program (part two of eight).
Part 1: Undertaking an Energy Audit
Every energy auditor should undertake this course to see the audit from the other side of the fence, thus improving their ability to engage with energy users effectively.
Presents a process that, when followed, results in successful audits being delivered. You can apply this process to deliver an Investment Grade Audit (IGA) / Detailed Feasibility Study (DFS).
This course will teach the fundamental concepts of physics and engineering that energy auditors must know.
This course introduces energy auditors to tools, both essential and nice-to-have, for undertaking energy audits.
Part 2: Energy Using Technologies and Savings Opportunities
Learn the fundamentals of energy-efficient lighting in this course, and save more lighting energy!
Knowing how to minimize HVAC energy use is core knowledge every energy manager, energy auditor, HVAC contractor, or consultant needs.
This course covers both domestic hot water and water use more extensively.
This course covers electric motors, compressed air, refrigeration, and steam, and it provides an introduction to these technologies and energy efficiency opportunities.
If you pass all the assessments in this Commercial Energy Audit Process Course you will be eligible to purchase a Certificate of Competence in the Process of Undertaking an Energy Audit. The assessment has been prepared by an expert, and is based on those key areas which demonstrate competence.