Like most planning exercises, once you get the process in place you can work to improve it each year. The hard part is getting started. WBS will help to kick start your Strategic Energy Management Planning by benchmarking your current performance, assessing and prioritizing opportunities for savings, creating the measurement and verification process to track your results and assisting with motivational and incentive programs that will engage the entire company in your efforts.
Through energy audits, occupant surveys and other tools, we establish a baseline performance and then provide guidance on specific measures that can be taken to reduce energy consumption and cost. Understanding your usage and expense and then setting targets and goals is a key to making your planning process one that is actionable. WBS will then help you to prioritize energy efficiency measures so that implementation will result in the best results as early as possible.
Energy Audits (ASHRAE Level I, II, III)
ASHRAE Level 1 Audit
Recommended for owners experiencing high costs who are just starting to address energy management issues. A Level 1 Audit is a walk through audit where WBS records key pieces of information including types, age and conditions of systems, building design, and space usage. When we are on-site, we will interview the owner and occupants to understand comfort issues and other concerns. Based on the data collected, WBS will make a list of Energy Conservation Measures (ECMs) that can be prioritized and implemented to save you money and energy.
ASHRAE Level 2 Audit
Recommended for owners who have completed a number of energy efficiency measures and are looking for additional savings and efficiency. A Level 2 Audit is a more intensive on-site analysis and includes sophisticated modeling using Trace 700 software and other whole building energy simulation tools. A comprehensive list of Energy Conservation Measures is analyzed and prioritized that will further save money and energy.
ASHRAE Level 3 Audit
Recommended for Owners who have undertaken energy efficiency measures and are now looking to make capital investments into energy savings equipment or infrastructure. A Level 3 Audit includes all the steps of 1 and 2 and also includes a return on investment analysis (ROI) based on recommended capital improvements including their cost and a full life cycle cost analysis of the equipment over its life expectancy.
WBS provides full portfolio energy analysis to help clients understand energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions for a single building or a large portfolio of buildings. Services including benchmarking past performance, analyzing current performance, assistance in setting performance criteria, and developing and prioritizing energy efficiency plans to meet those criteria. We will make recommendations for energy conservation measures and work with you to prioritize those measures to result in the best energy use and cost savings within your budget. WBS can oversee the implementation of the energy conservation measures and provide performance updates as required.
Measurement and Verification (M&V)
WBS provides Third Party Measurement and Verification Services for owners who make energy efficiency upgrades using energy service performance contract vehicles. Performance contractors are required to demonstrate energy saving with pre installation and post installation testing of measures. WBS conducts site visits, witnesses, records and reports measurements for pre and post installation activities.