Energy bills are rising, so there is always a great deal of discussion over how to conserve power or find other ways for a business to become more efficient. One of the greatest methods for achieving this is known as energy modelling.
Energy modelling for a building involves an energy audit that uses a virtual or computer simulation of a building during the design or construction phase in order to analyze energy patterns within a building and predict energy usage. The power consumed from items such as air conditioning, lights, hot water, and heating can all be measured. This allows one to find ways to save money and time as greater energy-saving efficiencies are discovered.
Benefits of Early Energy Modelling for Commercial Buildings
Early energy modelling provides the most benefit during the construction phase of a building. This saves time and energy spent on construction in order to meet energy saving goals. Design changes can also be evaluated.
With effective energy benchmarking, the cost savings from energy bills can be tremendous. Some methods of saving energy involve simple retrofits of doors and windows. Energy auditing can be the difference between having an energy efficient building and having wasted opportunities.
Saving on expensive energy bills also means that your capital can be invested in other areas to help your business grow.
Green Building Certification
If a business meets certain government requirements, it qualifies for commercial energy rebates. For instance, Manitoba Hydro has a New Buildings Program that provides financial incentives if an energy modelling report is submitted before a project is tendered.
There are also a number of different incentive programs offered by different levels of government for Ontario businesses to become more eco-friendly, like the SMART Green Program that supports energy efficient technology from manufacturers or Toronto Hydro’s Retrofit Program that pays 50 percent of the cost for energy efficient upgrades.
Energy modelling can also predict annual CO2 emissions, as well as determine the life cycle payback on different retrofit options.
Energy Code Compliance
Does your building comply with all energy codes? The Ontario Building code was amended in 2012, and has always included codes for energy efficiency since 1975. Make sure that you are compliant, as it is mandatory by law.
Why Choose PL Energy Services?
We have the best people, equipped with the most up-to-date software and skills in performing energy modelling. Our experience allows us to be meticulous in our approach to energy auditing, which matters a lot when it comes to getting a comprehensive, detailed audit. We also understand how to best navigate the paperwork required to qualify for commercial energy rebates.
Conducting an energy audit is no small task, and requires extensive training and knowledge that one only learns on the job. PL Energy Services has over 20 years of experience in helping companies get optimum results. Our team of specialists can complete all necessary engineering documentation and studies to maximize your incentive return. From ASHRAE analyses, HVAC design, project management, and energy modelling, we are very knowledgeable. Contact us today to learn more.