Energy & Sustainability:
ASHRAE-Level Energy Audits
Vidaris is an independent third party consulting group. We have worked on energy efficiency projects for commercial and residential properties that cover more than 200,000,000 square feet of real estate for more than 20 years. Our list of clients includes some of New York’s largest commercial real estate groups, convention centers, banks, and hotel chains, many on a portfolio-wide basis.
A comprehensive energy audit allows a building owner to receive a realistic understanding of how a building is performing and what steps should be taken to positively affect the performance. We perform building energy audits to assess and diagnose inefficient or defective installations. We utilize various building modeling software, testing equipment, and techniques to quantify appropriate modifications and potential investments resulting in reduced operating costs. By analyzing and then integrating energy efficiency measures, Vidaris can promote financial transparency so decision makers can be better informed about potential energy efficiency improvements and returns on investment.
New York City is one of the nation’s leaders in promoting energy efficiency in the built environment. New York City has implemented the 2030 Greener, Greater, Buildings Plan to promote energy efficiency and actively reduce its carbon footprint. As part of the plan, New York City recently passed a local law which mandates that an energy audit be performed on all buildings over 50,000 square feet, every ten years, beginning in January of 2013, with early compliance paths available. The objective of the energy audit is to perform an independent assessment to identify and develop plans to:
- Analyze and understand existing energy usage
- Improve energy efficiency by reducing energy use, carbon footprint, and/or operating costs
- Perform a cost/benefit and Return on Investment (ROI) analysis of various efficiency measures
Additionally, we have been involved with retro-commissioning and measurement & verification services on many projects which extend for several years, allowing us to prove out the performance of our recommendations over time. In effect, these measurement & verification studies benefit both, our team and our clients, by allowing us to base our recommendations on a proven track record.