Attachment E. Finding a Qualified Energy Auditor
The commercial building energy audit market is fragmented, with no universally accepted standards for auditors. Therefore, a commercial PACE program cannot point to a single accreditation that auditors be required to have.
In the absence of a single accreditation, PACE programs can best serve their participants by providing them with a list of recommended licenses/credentials to seek in a contractor’s team, and questions to ask about their experience and what they will deliver to the client.
Recommendations for finding a qualified commercial energy auditor include the following:
Look for staffing to include—
Individuals with a Professional Engineering License (P.E.)
Individuals who are a Certified Energy Manager (CEM) or a Certified Energy Auditor (CEA) from the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE)
A collection of individuals who, between them, have multidisciplinary competence (e.g., lighting, HVAC, refrigeration, appliances).
Ask about involvement in relevant professional organizations (e.g., the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE), the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES), the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), etc.) or with federal efficiency programs such as ENERGY STAR.
Ask for previous client references and follow up to confirm the quality of work and service
Ask for a sample audit report (redacted) and confirm it is thorough, professional, and clear
Be clear about what outcomes are expected, including:
Credible energy and cost savings estimates
Reasonable cost estimates or vendor bids
Interactive effects of multiple measures
Measurements of existing systems
Utility incentive/rebate application assistance.
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