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Energy Auditing

An energy audit is an essential step towards identifying how much energy and related cost savings can be made across your business. The energy audit may be across a specific aspect of a building through to a campus wide audit.

 

As energy costs continue to increase, businesses are increasingly turning to energy use as a means to reducing their cost of doing business. WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff with the specialist existing buildings energy management team, supported by established offices across all regions of Australia can undertake energy audit to the required level and deliver practical and sustainable energy savings to your organisation.

Typical energy audits that are required by our clients include:

  • Level 1, 2 or 3 consistent with AS/NZS 3598:2000
  • EEO (Energy Efficiency Opportunity) Program compliance assessments
  • Audits on the energy performance of specific systems or items of plant within a building or facility
  • NABERS Improvement Plans

Our audit teams focus on both operational as well as technological opportunities. Many energy audits undertaken by equipment suppliers focus on specific technologies and the need to spend capital, when often there is greater opportunities in improving controls and changing work practices.  We also employ digital technologies where appropriate to assist with the audit as well as track ongoing energy usage.

What the energy audit gives you

This will be clearly defined in the proposed scope of work, however typically the report will provide the following:

  • Brief summary of the installed energy using systems
  • Energy use summary and commentary on trends over the last 24 months
  • Key impacts on energy usage
  • Where energy is used (energy mass balance)
  • Identified opportunities with itemised energy, cost and carbon savings
  • Payback of individual and bundled projects
  • Recommended implementation strategy

Expected savings

Energy savings vary from project to project and depend on a range of factors such as the energy costs, the systems being assessed and the current energy management practices. Regardless, the savings are sure to significantly outweigh the audit cost. WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff is focused on providing value for money for our clients and if, prior to the audit, we believe that there will not be sufficient savings to justify the cost, we will discuss this with you.

Our auditing teams have significant on site experience and ensure that there is full compliance with general OH&S procedures and work with each client to ensure site based procedures are understood and adhered to.

Why use WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff?

  • Independent of any specific product or service provider
  • Specialist HVAC, lighting and combined building services resources
  • Significant energy auditing experience across the business as well as individual team members
  • Expert green buildings design team
  • Specialist experience with existing buildings
  • Energy auditing experience across a range of sectors
  • Specialist energy management team, assisted by 400 people across Australian and 15,000 people worldwide

Smarter Resources Smarter Business Resource Assessments

Sustainability Victoria has a program to fund energy and resource assessments for properties located in Victoria. There are two funding streams:

  • Up to $15,000 for undertaking an energy or materials assessment (Resource Assessment)
  • Up to $15,000 for more detailed investigations and assessment of specific energy or materials reduction options (Resource Assessment Pro)

Should a business implement opportunities, there is an implementation bonus of up to $3,000.  Key features and criteria are outlined below.

Eligibility

  • Cannot be a Commonwealth, State of Local Government entity
  • Cannot be an industry or professional association
  • Have a current Australian Business Number (ABN)
  • Employ fewer than 200 people (those that employ fewer than 20 people must have an energy use >$50,000 p.a.)

Funding available

Sustainability Victoria will provide the following funding:

  • Up to 50% for energy efficiency assessments capped at $15,000 (for both Resource and Resource Pro Assessments)
  • Up to 75%  for materials efficiency assessments capped at $15,000
  • Up to $3,000 for implementing an identified project within 6 months of the final assessment and still operating after 12 months. Implementation costs must be greater than $1,500.

Eligible projects

Resource Assessments

  • Energy audits consistent with a Level 2 Energy Audit as specified in AS/NZS 3598:2000
  • Materials assessments that involve the mapping of materials flow to identify losses and potential opportunities for materials efficiency.
  • Can be on a whole site basis or on key energy using systems

Resource Assessment Pro

These are focused on further analysis on specific aspects of opportunities identified in the Resource Assessment.  This includes:

  • Analysis of options
  • Detailed feasibility study
  • Installation and use of monitoring equipment
  • Detailed design
  • Development of a detailed business case

Timeframe

  • Funding applications are currently open with no confirmed date as to how long the program will continue. We recommend that applications are undertaken as soon as possible to ensure funding can be accessed.
  • Assessments are required to be completed within 3 months of funding approval

More information

Contact Tim Parker

Sustainability Victoria website 

 

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