Benchmarking Energy Performance

Energy Modelling for New Designs

ECOFAC can undertake assessment of energy performance of new designs through sophisticated energy modelling, and seek to gain maximum credits under Optimize Energy Performance for LEED NC, -CS, or -CI, or other rating tools, such as BEAM.

The procedure is to compare the DESIGN BUILDING against a BASELINE BUILDING, one that barely meets prescribed requirements for performance of the building energy systems (e.g. compliance with ASHRAE Standard 90.1).

However, energy modelling and analysis should take place at in the early stages of design, to inform on design options, to right-size systems and equipment, and to maximize the energy performance of the building.

ECOFAC can undertake the development of the building and the subsequent simulations to provide feedback to the designers on the impact of design changes, as well as the final design simulation for certification purposes.

The energy modelling should also inform the metering and monitoring requirements in order to implement a M&V Plan. Subsequently, the commissioning process needs to include a check on the suitability and functional performance of the metering and monitoring systems.
Benchmarking Energy Performance

ECOFAC can undertake audit of a buildings usage patterns and billing and metering data to establish the building’s energy performance against buildings of similar type and function.

The also offers the potential for ‘certifying’ a building’s energy performance against benchmarking tools such as Energy Star (US), AGBR (Australia), etc.
Measurement and Verification

ECOFAC can provide services to assist in the development of an M&V plan to achieve credits under LEED NC, -CS or -CI, or other rating systems.

As an Energy Services provider ECOFAC can verify the performance of building retrofits or upgrades in accordance with international protocols such as IPMVP or ASHRAE Guideline 14.
The M&V process depends on the requirements, for example, evaluating the impact of an energy conservation measure (ECM) in new designs, or the impact of an ECM retrofit on existing building performance, or evaluating the performance improvements due to building upgrading, etc.

The principle is also applicable to measurement & verification of water use in buildings.