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DRAFT

U.S. DOE

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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—

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      Individuals with a Professional Engineering License (P.E.)

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        Individuals who are a Certified Energy Manager (CEM) or a Certified Energy Auditor (CEA) from the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE)

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        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:

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        Actionable recommendations

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        Transparent analysis

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        Credible energy and cost savings estimates

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        Reasonable cost estimates or vendor bids

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        Interactive effects of multiple measures

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        Measurements of existing systems

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        Utility incentive/rebate application assistance.

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