ASHRAE published a new book that offers technical guidance for implementing energy upgrades, retrofits and renovations in existing commercial buildings.
Energy Efficiency Guide for Existing Commercial Buildings: Technical Implementation includes detailed information on measuring and tracking efficiency and implementing an “efficiency plan” in these buildings, the organization said.
ASHRAE said the guide will help building engineers and managers achieve at least a 30% improvement in energy performance relative to a range of benchmark energy utilization indexes.
“Energy efficiency improvement in buildings is one of the greatest means to increase resource efficiency, improve environmental stewardship and save operating funds,” said George Jackins, chairman of the committee that developed the book. “More importantly, energy-efficient improvement should happen because it makes good business sense. Good planning and on-going commitment is essential to maximizing investments in energy efficiency.”
The book recommends steps on how to begin the energy-savings process:
• Calculate energy use and cost;
• Set energy performance goals;
• Measure and analyze current energy use;
• Select and implement energy efficiency measures;
• Measure and report improvements; and
• Continue to track performance and reassess goals.
The guide is the second energy-efficient installment for existing commercial buildings developed by the same group developing the Advanced Energy Design Guide series for new buildings.
The group includes ASHRAE, the American Institute of Architects, the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America, and the U.S. Green Building Council, and is supported by the U.S. Department of Energy. The Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) and the U.S. General Services Administration were also involved in the guide’s development.
More information: www.ashrae.org/bookstore.