Benchmark Fact Sheet (BFS) Clarifies your energy financial picture and scope of energy costs. It’s a quick base for an Assessment for Savings (AFS) showing where savings are hiding.
Facility Manager, Controller and General Manager get with BFS:
1. Scope of client usage-profile: To see the big picture of all properties.
2. Observations on possible money-saving measures and safety improvements.
3. Fact sheet: Shows facts about your energy infrastructure – HVAC, motors/pumps, lighting, cogeneration, etc. and sage over time intervals and seasons for building managers and management
4. Energy Star® Statement of Energy Performance, energy intensity and Utility rate analysis
8. Comparison of client’s portfolio of buildings: Establishes priorities
No charge for “BFS” if you see no value, otherwise pay an affordable fee and start an action plan.
Assessments For Savings (AFS): This is an operational level assessment of what savings opportunities are priorities and dollar estimates of their amounts.
1. Recommendation for potential equity improvements and cash flow reductions
2. Recommendations on where to find additional savings: Develop specific ideas for saving money such as co-generation, relamping, electrical efficiency, and procurement with futures.
3. Provide quantified energy profiles of how client uses energy: Typical allocation of energy dollars office spaces, cafeterias, common rooms, heating, air conditioning and landscaping.
4. Compare client’s other buildings and show the differences in cost
5. Assess building windows and envelope
6. Show potential savings measure-by-measure – each described on one page and compared.
7. Assessment for savings opportunities include these assets:
Indoor/outdoor lighting count
Kitchen and laundry
Motor/pumps inventories and
Building windows and envelope
Estimating the investments of recommended measures
Assessment data comes from on-site inspection of daily operations, loads on all energy assets, relationship of loads to energy billing line items such as Demand charges, Power factor and ancillary charges.
This is where the advice of informed energy experts are valuable – identifying future cost drivers and the options available to control them. Financial modeling shows future costs and benefits of different options.
Strategic planning allows the facility owner/operator to treat energy and utilities as costs that can be effectively managed.