Many energy efficiency practices and technologies are available to owners and managers of large buildings. However, the greatest impact is achieved when a building’s energy consumption is considered as a whole. This holistic approach results in comprehensive, integrated solutions that leverage all available efficiency opportunities. National Grid’s Whole Building Assessment initiative evaluates the consumption of all fuels across all aspects of building operations — from lighting, HVAC, and computers to building envelope improvements and thermal equipment controls. By benchmarking energy usage against similar buildings, we help the customer identify where energy consumption and costs can be reduced. We then work with the customer to implement those efficiency measures that provide the greatest opportunity for improvement. In many cases, National Grid offers financial incentives that contribute toward implementation costs and shorten the payback period.
Benefits of Whole Building Assessment
Whole Building Assessment serves critical operational, financial, and environmental needs. The initiative:
- Helps building owners and operators understand the energy costs in their buildings
- Reduces operating costs and increases energy efficiency
- Improves comfort and productivity for building occupants
- Differentiates the building as energy-efficient, potentially increasing the value of the facility
- Promotes environmentally friendly operations by reducing the building’s carbon footprint
- Educates staff regarding energy efficiency, stimulating awareness on and off the job
Costs and Incentives
Financial assistance from National Grid helps defray the cost of Whole Building Assessment and the implementation of efficiency measures:
- Some efficiency services, such as the lighting audit, are offered at no charge to the customer.
- The cost of the building’s mechanical energy audit is shared between the customer and National Grid.
- Incentive programs are available to reduce the installation cost of many energy-efficient improvements.