Asset Services Insights - Fall 2016 (External)

ENERGY RETROFITS Plan + Design + Implement + Perform A building doesn’t have to be new to be efficient. Creating more efficient building systems results in a lower operating cost and a higher return on investment, and today’s real estate owners are using energy retrofits as an investment opportunity. Energy retrofits take on two forms: conventional energy retrofits and deep energy retrofits. Conventional energy retrofits are system modifications that focus on isolated system upgrades and a quick payback (typically less than three years) such as retro commissioning, HVAC system upgrades, BAS system upgrades, and lighting system upgrades. A deep energy retrofit achieves greater energy savings by utilizing a more holistic, design-centered approach. Deep energy retrofits are more extensive and involve significant overhauls or replacements of building systems. Every energy retrofit project should begin with an integrated team charrette where key stakeholders and experts work together to create realistic and achievable energy goals and objectives based on the building’s life cycle and the energy project’s life cycle cost analysis. Stakeholders may include: ownership, building management, building engineers, MEP engineers, structural engineers, utility representatives, automation contractors, and fire alarm contractors.

LEE DUNFEE, CEM, CDSM, LEED AP Senior Vice President East Region Engineering Lead


West Region Engineering Lead


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