Successfully Implementing Energy Efficiency Projects

  • John M. Avina Abraxas Energy Consulting
Keywords: Energy Efficiency


Some building owners find that implementing energy efficiency projects may not provide the anticipated energy savings. Why do energy conservation measures (ECMs) sometimes fail to deliver the expected energy savings? This is often due to a predictable set of causes. Some owners rely on contractors, who are proficient in installing technologies, but not necessarily expert at configuring their new equipment to maximize energy savings. When contractors are not provided with a detailed scope of work written by the energy engineer who uncovered the energy savings opportunity, critical knowledge can be lost, and the improvements may not perform as intended. It is important to employ third party commissioning agents who are versed in energy efficiency, to ensure that the new technologies are performing as specified. For the ECMs to be successful in meeting their objectives, the facilities management staff must accept the new technologies. They need to understand how the improvements reduce energy use, how to maintain the new equipment, and how to troubleshoot problems when they occur. These potential problems are avoidable. This article details specific methodologies (e.g., commissioning, measurement and verification and training) that ensure your energy efficiency improvements will perform as intended.


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Author Biography

John M. Avina, Abraxas Energy Consulting

John Avina, CEM, CEA, CMVP, CxA, has worked in energy analysis and utility bill tracking for over 20 years. His past employment history includes work for Thermal Energy Applications Research Center, Johnson Controls, SRC Systems, Silicon Energy and Abraxas Energy Consulting. He has managed M&V for a large performance contractor, managed software development for energy analysis and M&V applications, plus created M&V software used by hundreds of energy professionals. He has created hundreds of building models, utility bill tracking databases and modeled hundreds of utility rate structures. John has taught over 250 energy management classes. He has performed energy audits and re-commissioned over 25 million square feet of buildings. He chairs the Certified Energy Auditor Test Committee for the Association of Energy Engineers. He holds a Master of Science in mechanical engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.