An easy approach to calculating energy efficiency potential

Improving energy efficiency in our homes, businesses, schools, or any industries are some of the most constructive, cost-effective ways to address the challenges of high energy prices, energy security, and global climate change. Despite these benefits, energy efficiency measures remain critically underutilized.

It is time to take advantage of more with engineering software, energy efficiency, and successful work with analysis and design of buildings, broaden and expand these efforts, and capture the savings that all essential tools for the entire building industry offer. Conducting an analysis provides key information to advance energy efficiency in your building.

The correct evaluation of the available potential to reduce energy consumption and the related costs are rather cheap, and might even come at decreasing costs, according to several studies. The question we raise is why these measures are not implemented spontaneously, if so many exist, along with an economic benefit.

The potential for energy efficiency improvement in buildings is typically assessed in terms of three categories: technical potential, economic potential, and achievable potential. Based on these you decide on options and create an action plan.

  1. First acknowledge, quantify, and establish the value of energy efficiency, considering energy savings, capacity savings, and environmental benefits.
  2. Develop long-term energy-saving goals.
  3. Establish funding requirements to deliver cost-effective solutions.
  4. Designate users responsible for administering the energy efficiency software.
  5. Commit to consistent software for administrators to recover energy efficiency costs in a timely manner.
  6. Align utility incentives with the delivery of cost-effective energy efficiency measures.

In order to take advantage of any energy calculation software you need to take into consideration the following:

  1. The energy forecast
  2. Automated calculation of the energy balance of emitted and supplied energy
  3. Modeling of the climate shell and the constructions
  4. Calculation of the total savings for all efficiency measures
  5. Reports and how to analyze the results using comparison data

If you’re wondering what to ask for in an energy calculation software, take into consideration the data inputs and if the final deliverables meet the project manager’s requirements, following similar questions:

  1. What is the current reliability? What does the load forecast include?
  2. What demand-side resources should we include?
  3. What specific results do we need to see?
  4. Do we have available data in order to start modeling?
  5. Should any risk analysis be involved?
  6. Are any cost-effectiveness tests available together with other assumptions?
  7. Is there enough time available for the calculations?

Using less energy to provide the same or an improved level of service to any building, helped by a wide range of approaches and automated tools, you can, regardless of the building type reduce energy consumption with suitable efficiency actions.

Try BIM Energy Evaluation by combining state-of-the-art calculation algorithms with a user-friendly interface, complex questions about energy usage and potential for savings can be evaluated quickly.

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