In an effort to promote best practices in energy auditing, the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers has released an updated “how-to” guide. The second edition of “Procedures for Commercial Building Energy Audits” includes information for engineers, building owners, managers and government entities. The new publication includes time-saving tips for energy auditors, how to hire an auditor, what to ask for in a comprehensive audit report and how to build a successful energy efficiency retrofit team.

“As we work to reduce energy consumption in our commercial buildings, we want to ensure that recommendations are cost effective, technically feasible, maintain safety and comfort and result in significant energy savings,” said Jim Kelsey, an ASHRAE member who oversaw the writing of the updated publication. “This volume focuses on how to improve energy audit best practices. Providing the best audits that we can will help move the industry forward to net zero buildings.”

Additionally, the publication addresses how to build a successful team, analytical methods, successful approaches to site visits, incorporating on-site measurements, economic evaluation of measures and how to organize an energy audit report that promotes action on the part of building owners and managers. It includes several tips for conducting energy audits and reviewing results prepared by others.

For more information on the book or to order, call (800) 527-4723 or visit www.ashrae.org/bookstore.