Video: Efficiency, Sustainability, Resiliency and Security – Redefining Auditing
This session will examine how the scope of audits, condition assessments and strategic planning has expanded beyond evaluations for energy efficiency and equipment life.
- Various audit/assessment tasks owners are required from consultants and the expertise and experience required to address the same.
- Development of the audit/assessment scope with client and defining priorities.
- Examining the synergy between efficiency, sustainability, resiliency, carbon neutrality, indoor air quality and security.
- Lessons learned from various focused audits, including carbon neutrality.
Video courtesy: CxEnergy
- Robert Knoedler, PE, CxA, EMP, Hanson Professional Services
- Mat Coalson, Hanson Professional Services
Energy auditing and strategic planning of energy initiatives have long been an important part of an energy and facility managers’ toolkit for decreasing energy demand and consumption, resulting in operational savings in their facilities.
However, over the past several years, consultants have been asked to expand their auditing and planning of existing buildings and their systems, including an expanded list of owner’s priorities. Beyond efficiency, these include sustainability, resiliency, indoor environmental quality, carbon neutrality and security.
Government programs and corporate initiatives are driving the move to carbon neutrality or net-zero carbon (different goals), net-zero energy, water conservation, and other environmental goals related to the stewardship of the earth and its resources. Owners want their facility auditors to include a focus on these areas, often targeting compliance with sustainability initiatives like LEED or Green Globes. Extreme weather events, coupled with other threats to infrastructure, have increased the focus on resiliency for facilities and their systems. Consultants are asked to evaluate potential upgrades such as stand-by systems and microgrids at both a local and community level to improve the reliability and resiliency of their facilities.
The COVID pandemic of 2020 brought an increased focus on indoor environmental quality to public spaces, requiring a review of ventilation, filtration and air distribution systems. Many institutional and governmental clients commissioned studies of their facilities, in an effort to protect the occupants of their facility from the transmission of airborne diseases.
Finally, various physical and cyber threats have required building owners to examine their security measures to ensure the protection of their employees and corporate information. Again, consultants are engaged to include reviews of their clients’ current procedures identifying recommendations to improve their security.
This session will examine how the scope of audits, condition assessments and strategic planning has expanded beyond evaluations for energy efficiency and equipment life and will offer some examples with Lessons Learned.
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