Office Energy Audit: Best Practices in Workplace Assessment

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Office Energy Audit: Best Practices in Workplace Assessment

  1. 1. Office Energy AuditBest Practices in Workplace Assessment Morgan King Tessa Salzman Campus Lead Cal Poly SLO Morgan@seiinc.org tessajsalzman@gmail.com
  2. 2. What’s on tap for today• Workplace Audit Process – Tools and Techniques – Fostering Adoption of Recommendations• Model Workplace Assessment Campaigns – Cal Poly SLO and Yale• Office Walk-through
  3. 3. Words of Wisdom• The actual audit is only a small piece of the pie• Invest time in forging partnerships• Find the levers – Alignment with campus policy, cost savings for department, improved comfort, etc.• Communication is critical – Staff must understand and be motivated• Foster adoption of identified measures – Community Based Social Marketing (CBSM) Techniques – Install SMART STRIPs, CFLs, enable sleep modes, etc.• Follow-up is critical• ???
  4. 4. General Process Energy Savings/ Behavior Change Present Follow-up Report/CBSM/Work orders Develop Report Conduct Audit Cultivate Workplace RelationshipsFind partners andlevers
  5. 5. Energy Focus Areas Focus Area Assessment Tools EE Measures Inspect heating/cooling Air sealing, insulation improvements, equipment, distribution IR thermometer, thermostat settings, window system, system balance, Heating/Cooling Thermal Leak treatments,reduce internal heat gains thermostats, leaks in Detector (cooling), smaller/more efficient envelope, building envelope equipment upgrades Inspect water heating Lower temperature set-point,Water Heating and equipment (e.g. boilers), Thermometer insulate, pipe wrap, heat trap, low Cooling pipes, fixtures, controls, usage flow fixtures behaviors Energy Star upgrade, remove Inspect plug-in equipment, redundancy, unplugging, (smart) Plug Loads phantom loads, usage Watt meter power strips, plug miser controls, behaviors enable sleep modes Inspect age/type of lighting, Flicker Checker, Lighting Retrofit, task Lighting, Lighting light intensity, lighting Ballast Checker, lighting Controls, de-lamping controls, usage behavior Light meter
  6. 6. Checklists and CalculatorsProject Spaces > Documents > Core Portfolio Projects > Auditing Tools and Resources
  7. 7. Green Campus Certified: Cal Poly SLO Workplace Assessment• What is it?• Modeled after LEED Certified• Pick workplace to audit• Establish “Sustainability Mentor”• Check Prerequisites• Run audit + Interviews
  8. 8. Facilities Audit• Pilot Audit• Savings Recommendations • Lighting • Appliances • Paper• Lighting Retrofit • Annual savings of 4,226 kWh • Annual cost savings of $425Next Steps & Project Expansion• Administration & Finance Department• Academic Departments• GCP interns train department personnel
  9. 9. Yale Green Workplace Certification• Self Assessment http://sustainability.yale.edu/workplace• Seven Action Areas: Point• Travel Y/N Allocation ENERGY• Waste• Energy 1 We have energy-saving power settings as defaults on all workplace computers. We have enabled sleep mode on all copiers, printers, and fax machines. Copiers and printers are shut N/A 2 N/A• Procurement down at night. If problems exist regarding overheating or overcooling of office space, we have contacted our appropriate 3 N/A• Kitchen/common areas 4 facilities point-person to report the issue. (guidelines) If possible, all windows are shut tightly during cold and hot weather. N/A• Innovations 5 At least 75% of our team has enrolled in Yale’s Managed Workstation, Big Fix, and PC Power Management Program. (procedures) N/A 6 We promote the use of laptops over desktop computers as an energy-saving technique. N/A 7 We shut off all computers, monitors, and peripheral devices while they are not in use, and at night. N/A• Point System 8 We seek out our energy use trend information from facilities and report that information to staff when available. (info) N/A We use compact fluorescent light bulbs in lieu of incandescent light bulbs in all applicable lighting 9 N/A fixtures.• Four levels of 10 We have reminders that the last person to leave should make sure the lights and printers are off. BONUS ACTIONS N/Acertification (YALE) We do not have desk-side printers or copiers – we only use shared units. We use window blinds to trap heat and keep out the cold during the winter, and to trap in cold and keep N/A N/A out heat in the summer. We use power strips as central turn-off points for our individual work stations and switch them off each N/A night. We regularly put in work orders for filters to be replaced in heating and cooling vents. N/A Total 0
  10. 10. Fostering Adoption of Measures• Prompts• Norms• Commitment• Incentives• Communication• ???
  11. 11. Thank You! Questions? Morgan King Tessa Salzman Campus Lead Cal Poly SLOMorgan@seiinc.org tessajsalzman@gmail.com

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