Energy costs have been a key area of focus and cost reduction efforts at most colleges and universities. With limited impact on faculty or staff routines and representing a small but meaningful portion of institutions’ budgets, energy cost reduction has been an area of great success for many.
The case for continuing commissioning
However, even after buildings are retrofitted to new energy efficiency standards, energy performance still degrades at approximately 2 to 3 percent per year. While this is well known, many Facilities organizations struggle to routinize and adequately staff for ongoing tune-ups.
Average Building Deterioration (Illustrative)
Some institutions have successfully curbed this energy consumption creep through continuous commissioning, leveraging investments in metering technologies and development of new staff skills and roles to closely monitor and correct building performance.
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