Energy Efficiency

At RDH, we believe every renewal or renovation project should be viewed as an opportunity to cost-effectively implement energy efficiency measures that save you energy and money.

Energy Saving Opportunities

Energy efficiency for existing buildings is becoming a priority for many municipalities and more senior levels of government. It is likely that, as buildings are renovated, there will be new requirements for looking at energy efficiency. These new requirements should not be feared, as energy efficiency should be a priority for building owners and managers.

Every renewal or renovation project can be viewed as an opportunity to cost-effectively implement energy efficiency measures that save you energy and money. At RDH, we understand this changing environment; we frequently provide assistance to jurisdictions as they update their energy requirements. We use this knowledge to help building owners, managers, and operators stay ahead of the curve by:

  • Benchmarking: a great starting point is learning how your building or portfolio compares to other buildings.
  • Looking for energy saving opportunities: energy audits help you understand the systems that consume energy within your buildings and help you identify cost-effective energy savings opportunities.
  • Using available incentives: government- and utility-sponsored incentives can reduce capital costs and payback periods.
  • Tying energy into Building Asset Management Services (BAMS): the best time to implement energy saving measures is when planning for the replacement of building assets.

Benchmarking

Benchmarking is a low-cost way to compare the energy performance of your building with a database of similar buildings. This comparison identifies underperforming buildings as well as superior performance and provides a tool for tracking and comparing energy consumption from year to year.

A recent study by ENERGY STAR indicated that on average, buildings that are benchmarked annually use 2.4% less energy than those that aren’t, just because people are more aware of energy performance.

This can add up. Over 10 years, you’re looking at almost 20% energy savings from when you started!