Introduction – what is a successful audit

This lesson defines what a successful energy audit is.

What do you think is a successful energy audit? Put your response in the comment box at the bottom of the screen!

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Being able to accurately capture the energy foot print and profile of an organisation so that any future efforts to improve the current situation can be evaluated with confidence to predict the outcome.

Bruce Rowse (Administrator) February 27, 2021 at 11:08 pm

Yes Mick, accuracy is important in being able to estimate savings and to get a good baseline.

Check the performance of the organization’s energy management in order to reduce their impact on the climate, conserve resources and improve their results through efficient energy management.

Bruce Rowse (Administrator) February 28, 2021 at 9:08 pm

Yes, it does help the organization see how its tracking. But an audit is a guide on what to do, it doesn’t necessarily mean that the advice will be followed. Only taking action on the advice will benefit the organization.

Milad Mohsenzadeh March 5, 2021 at 10:30 am

The main thing that comes to my mind of undertaking a successful Energy Audit is to reduce the amount of energy input into the system without negatively affecting the output. In a simple word, the occupants wouldn’t lose their thermal comfort as a consequence of cutting the energy usage in the building through energy auditing. For me, a successful audit needs to capture the main sources of heat loss through monitoring and analysing data and to come up with simple but effective solutions to tackle those weak energy usages instead of providing costly complex ones.

Bruce Rowse (Administrator) March 5, 2021 at 7:37 pm

Yes, if an audit advises actions that may be perceived as having a negative impact then a) they might not be implemented, or b), if they are implemented, they may then be “un-implemented”, or removed. I’ve seen this occur with aggressive delamping.

A successful energy audit needs to be tailored to the company business and processes and have high client engagement to ensure measures are implemented in the following phase.

Collect accurate data
Identify EE opportunities
Informs future projects

A successful energy audit is one that empowers the energy user with the confidence and motivation to go out and achieve energy savings on completion.

A successful audit includes
1. Identify energy-saving scopes and opportunities with the clients and contractors.
2. Communicate the value of each opportunity to them.
3. Work with them to implement energy-saving measures.
4. Verify that the energy-saving measures are correctly implemented.

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