MALTA, N.Y. — The Building Performance Institute Inc. (BPI) has announced that BPI-1105-S-201x: Standard Practice for Multifamily Energy Auditing is now available for public comment through Dec. 2, 2013.

BPI-1105-S-201x: Standard Practice for Multifamily Energy Auditing defines the minimum criteria for conducting a building-science-based evaluation of existing multifamily buildings and provides specific technical procedures to conduct a multifamily building energy audit, said the organization.

“The new Multifamily Energy Auditing Standard builds upon the strong foundation of the Multifamily Building Analyst Standard, but is far more expansive in scope and aims to address building types and systems that are found in every region of the country,” said Andrew Brooks, chair of the BPI working group that developed the standard and director of the Association for Energy Affordability’s West Coast operations. “The new standard also incorporates many updates to reflect current best practices and relevant advances in technology.”

As defined, the scope of the energy audit includes an on-site evaluation of the residential units, common area public spaces, and all central building systems affecting energy use in the residential space, and addresses energy usage and limited aspects of building durability and occupant health and safety. The on-site evaluation provides a comprehensive report with a list of prioritized recommendations to improve the building and includes a cost-benefit analysis of all proposed measures.

The standard was developed by a working group created by BPI’s Multifamily Standards Technical Committee (MSTC) and comprised of subject matter experts representing a variety of interest categories and geographical locations.

This standard is currently undergoing American National Standards Institute (ANSI) review, which includes a public comment period as defined under BPI’s standards development process. Comments are being sought from stakeholders and the general public.

To view this standard, visit BPI’s Standards Under Review page.

To submit comments, visit the Formal Public Comment Process page.

Publication date: 10/28/2013

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