Aug 9, 2016

ATLANTA, August 9, 2016 – A proposed joint standard from ASHRAE and ACCA establishes consistent practices for conducting and reporting energy audits is open for a 45-day American National Standards Institute (ANSI) public review.

ASHRAE/ACCA Standard 211P, Standard for Commercial Building Energy Audits, is open for public comment from Aug. 5 until Sept. 19, 2016. To comment or learn more, visit www.ashrae.org/publicreviews.

Standard 211P defines the procedures required to perform ASHRAE Level 1, 2 and 3 Energy Audits and provide a common scope of work for these audit levels for use by building owners and others as well as establish standardized industry practices and minimum reporting requirements for the results.

An initial Advisory Public Review (non-ANSI) of the standard that closed in December 2015 resulted in more than 600 comments from some 100 people. Changes made as a result of that review include:

ASHRAE first addressed audits in 2004 with its publication Procedures for Commercial Building Energy Audits (1st Ed), which introduced the concept of ASHRAE Level 1, 2 and 3 Energy Audits as a shorthand for designating the depth of an energy audit. That concept is now commonly used in the commercial building sector. In 2011, a second edition, which added guidelines for best practices in energy audits, was published.