Commercial and Industrial Properties

Nearly any building can be made more comfortable, safe and efficient. This is done through a process of evaluation, analysis, modeling, and improvement. What process we use depends on what we are starting with, but Clean Energy Atlanta PACE can provide all the money needed to make the needed changes.

AUDITING

Properties that have never been evaluated need to be audited. The American Society of Heating, Air Conditioning, Refrigerating and Air- Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) publishes a very specific auditing protocol for commercial assessment called “Procedures for Commercial Building Energy Audits”. We perform ASHRAE Level 1,2,and 3 audits on commercial and industrial buildings according to this protocol. The process is to benchmark the consumption of the buildings, determine the condition and design of the building and systems components, and explore the cost and savings potential of improvements.

The difference between the levels is explained in detail below, but the audits are cumulative (each level uses information from the audit below it), and are sometimes done in steps or all at once. CEA requires a level 3 audit in order to provide owners with certified, computer-modeled, savings projections for recommended improvements. Level 3 also allows us to get detailed with the specific and unique characteristics of different commercial and industrial facilities.

IMPROVEMENTS

Our CEA improvement upgrades are a collaborative effort, on both the auditing and contracting sides. We have associations with accountants, engineers, architects, and specialty service providers that allow us to build the right team to thoroughly but efficiently analyze each project and recommend the best and most cost effective improvements.

We also have relationships with general contractors that have a variety of specialization, and some of the most competent subcontractors and distributors in the city. We work with the most appropriate General Contractor for a job to put together a selected group of subs that will get the job done correctly and professionally.

You get a lot of competent people working on exactly what you need without having to pay for a lot of people and overhead that have nothing to do with your project

RATE ANALYSIS, MONITORING and THIRD PARTY METERING

Not long ago utility bills were a pretty straightforward affair. Not anymore.

Georgia Power has 16 different commercial and industrial electric rate structures, with the possibility of more all the time due to the potential for dynamic pricing schemes.

The price of natural gas in Atlanta is deregulated, meaning you can buy gas for a variety of prices from numerous vendors. Larger customers can negotiate rates.

Atlanta Water Department doesn’t have as many price options but still has a few, especially for multifamily properties.

Negotiating utility rate schedules that are most advantageous for your building can save thousands of dollars per year for identical usage. There is certainly no assurance that the utilities themselves will make sure you are getting the most cost effective service possible.

An important part of a Sustainable Environments audit is to review utility bills to look for mistakes (more common than you might think) and to make sure you are getting water and energy for the lowest cost possible.

REBATES and INCENTIVES

All CEA energy and water conservation projects will be entitled to an array of manufacturer and utility rebates and state and federal tax incentives.

An important part of a Sustainable Environments audit is to include the accumulation of these incentives into the improvement financial analysis so an owner can make decisions based on real net costs.


ASHRAE LEVEL 1, 2, and 3 AUDITS