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A standard to define the procedures to perform ASHRAE Level 1, 2 and 3 Energy Audits, provide a common scope of work for these audit levels, and establish standardized industry practices and minimum reporting requirements is open for public comment.
A proposed joint standard from ASHRAE and ACCA, ASHRAE/ACCA, Standard 211P, is open for public review until Sept. 19, 2016. This follows an initial public review, which closed in December 2015.
As a result of the earlier review, the proposed standard was changed to expand the scope to include multi-family residential buildings, provide additional guidance for Building Energy Model Calibration, and provided optional input guidance for compatibility with the DOE’s Asset Score rating approach for existing building assessments, along with several other changes.
ASHRAE first addressed audits in 2004 with its publication Procedures for Commercial Building Energy Audits (1st Ed), which introduced the concept of ASHRAE Level 1, 2 and 3 Energy Audits as a shorthand for designating the depth of an energy audit. A second edition was published in 2011.
To comment on the standard, go to www.ashrae.org/publicreviews
To learn more about energy audits and the different ASHRAE Energy Audit levels, go to http://www.facilitiesnet.com/12906bom
This Quick Read was submitted by Naomi Millán, senior editor of Building Operating Management magazine, email@example.com.