Energy Analytics and Auditing

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Energy Analytics and Auditing

New programs in Commercial Energy Analytics and Auditing have been emerging in community colleges across California, providing the basis for a statewide initiative. Foremost among these programs in the community college network is a certificate program developed by the City College of San Francisco through an industry-driven regional collaborative grant. Working with industry experts, investor‐owned utilities, regulators, professional organizations and regional colleges, this initiative infuses skill training into curriculum to improve energy efficiency practices through commercial energy analysis and audits. Featuring modular curriculum suitable for inclusion in other energy efficiency programs, these resources can be accessed through the EE&U Sector Team.

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The Need

Energy auditors ensure that the goals of energy efficiency projects in commercial buildings — new construction, retrofits, building retro-commissioning and retuning — are met by finding ways to improve energy practices, minimize waste, and reduce costs. The job skills of energy auditors are being infused into a number of key occupations involved in energy efficiency sales, facilities management, and operations and maintenance of high-performance commercial buildings.

Supported by Regional Faculty Expert Networks, the introduction of Energy Analytics and Auditing content is a priority overlay for many colleges that offer programs in electrical, mechanical, construction, architecture, engineering, HVAC, or building operations. The modular approach enables colleges to develop programs specific to their region’s industry need, including updating the skills of incumbent workers.

A typical Commercial Energy Analytics and Auditing program has these learning outcomes:

  • Describe the basic concepts of energy auditing, including the fundamentals of energy, energy measurement, energy conservation, and the policies driving the need for energy efficiency.
  • Analyze building envelope, assess building systems, describe how building systems consume energy, and identify opportunities for energy efficiency.
  • Employ appropriate tools for energy modeling, calculating energy use and savings estimates, and communicating empirical data.
  • Describe utility rate structures and demand response strategies.
  • Estimate energy savings and their financial impacts, and employ data to verify savings.
  • Integrate business development skills and concepts to write an audit report that identifies the value proposition for the decision‐maker.