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Eye on Energy PAGE Which Energy Audit is Right for Your Facility? Examining Energy Audits at Ground Level Level II Energy Audit Provides Detailed Building Information Focusing Energy Audits on Capital-Intensive Projects

Level II Energy Audit Provides Detailed Building Information

By David Cosaboon Energy Efficiency   Article Use Policy

A Level II energy audit provides a more detailed building survey and energy-use analysis. This audit includes a systemic breakdown of energy use in the building. In general, this audit includes a review and analysis of mechanical and electrical system design, installation, maintenance, and operation. It also provides a savings and cost analysis of practical measures that meet the client's economic criteria, along with a discussion of changes to operation and maintenance.

A Level II analysis also might provide a listing of potential capital-intensive improvements that require more thorough data collection and engineering analysis, as well as a judgment of potential costs and savings. Building on the scopes of the previous level, the Level II audit delivers the following additional elements:

  • a detailed breakdown of energy use by end devices
  • a list of measures considered but deemed impractical, with brief reasons for rejecting each
  • a list of practical measures — including capital improvements — as well as projected savings and financial performance indicators.
  • measurement and verification methods
  • discussion of measures that might warrant a Level III energy audit.

Managers who know energy inefficiencies exist within a facility often prefer a Level II energy audit. The audit identifies and addresses the broadest range of energy-conservation measures, both the low-hanging fruit and more involved recommendations for systems and components. A Level II audit is the most comprehensive of the audit levels and can provide a solid foundation for an energy-management plan.

posted on 3/24/2014