Energy Audits

For projects installing energy efficiency measures, an ASHRAE Level II Energy Audit is required to determine the potential improvements and work scope. The audit cost can be covered by PACE funding following project approval.

An ASHRAE Level II Energy Audit is a detailed investigation including a comprehensive building survey, energy analysis, financial analysis and detailed evaluation of a building to define a variety of potential energy efficiency improvements for the following energy systems: building envelope; lighting; heating, ventilation and air conditioning; domestic hot water and compressed air and process uses.

The Level II audit results describe a variety of energy efficiency measures including no- and low-cost measures, modifications to system controls and building automation, operational changes and potential capital upgrades. The findings should include:

  • Identification of capital projects
  • A utility bill analysis to assess the building’s efficiency (using ASTM BEPA Methodology to establish the building’s baseline energy use)
  • Detailed investment and cost savings analysis of all recommended Improvements including the owner’s constraints and economic criteria
  • Detailed financial analysis including ROI, IRR, NPV and payback period determination reflecting PACE financing
  • Projected energy savings
  • Information on operation and maintenance procedures

All eligible auditors must comply with the following:

  • Certification: auditors must hold a certification from the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) or the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE). These include Certified Building Energy Assessment Professionals, Certified Energy Auditor and Certified Energy Manager
  • Licensing: auditors must hold a current professional engineering license in the State of California or as required by the auditor certification programs listed above
  • Experience: auditors must have a minimum of two years experience conducting audits
  • ASHRAE audits: if conducting an ASHRAE audit for energy efficiency, auditors must have one of the following certifications: CEA, CEM or BEAP

Please note that special requirements apply for solar and water measures.

  • Lower operating costs
  • Increase property value
  • Funds up to 100% of installed costs