Free Energy Assessment Program
Energy assessments (which include surveys and audits) are an excellent way to assess the efficiency of a building and a great starting point to help determine where to begin making green improvements. In an effort to promote such assessments and identify common results that may be applicable to a number of common building types, the City has developed the free energy assessment pilot program. All surveys and audits are funded by the Department of Energy's Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECGB) awarded to the City in 2009.
In June of 2011, the City selected twelve applicants to perform four (4) basic energy surveys and eight (8) comprehensive energy audits of the building and its systems. In order to obtain information that will be useful to all building types, the City randomly selected applications submitted by residents for each of the following building types:
- Single-family residential, duplex, or townhouse
- Multi-family residential (4 stories or less)
- Small business or office (15,000 sf or less)
- Large office (50,000 - 70,000 sf or less)
Eligible buildings had to be located in the City limits; constructed prior to 1990; and owners had to agree to provide 24 months of utility bills (gas, electric, and water) and access to the building for up to eight hours, during which s/he had to be present.
Below are the energy assessment reports completed thus far. Stay tuned for others....
For questions, contact Erica Bannerman, 703.746.4067 or Katye Parker, 703.746.3819.