Commercial buildings over 10,000 square feet now require an energy audit from a qualified energy auditor along with the submission of a Confirmation of Energy Audit to the San Francisco Department of Energy. San Francisco’s requirement is varied depending on such factors as building size, age, Energy Star certification, and more.
In the past year, eight cities and two states have been impacted by new legislation that requires energy reporting for buildings that meet certain qualifications. In an effort to drive down energy consumption and promote sustainability, several of the new ordinances require reporting through Energy Star. This trend is expected to continue, with several additional cities and multiple states expressing interest or considering similar requirements. As a major Energy Star reporting provider, benchmarking more than 40,000 buildings each month in Energy Star, Ecova said it is well-suited to provide this service to clients.
“In San Francisco, reporting alone is no longer enough as the city requires energy audits as part of a recently passed ordinance,” said Bob Zak, senior vice president, facility solutions, Ecova. “Our engineering services offer energy audits as the first step. We then analyze actual consumption and spend information and identify opportunities to improve efficiencies and reduce costs portfolio-wide. Over the last two years, Ecova has completed over 200 energy audits of commercial buildings and found average savings opportunities of over 20 percent of annual utility spend, providing our clients with significant energy efficiency opportunities.”
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Publication date: 11/4/2013