A convenience store, orrestaurant uses refrigeration and freezers 24 hours a day, unlike a bank or drycleaner, which can result in a different grade. There have been instances wherea property was able to significantly improve a letter rating by clarifying thedesignation of its on-site retail. Make sure the correct information about your building is beingreported. Do they have the exact square footage foryour building? The accurate number of units? The correct usageinformation about on-site retail? Once a building is classified, the next step is determining opportunitiesto improve its consumption and focus on prioritizing actions that have thestrongest impact on costs and efficiency. Consider additions or upgrades toexisting areas and hardware like installing a new roof, pipe insulation, indoortemperature controls, low-flow showerheads and faucet aerators, LED lighting and timers or motion sensors on lightswitches. We also recommend conducting an energy audit of a building and itsmechanical systems to look for improvements and encourage propermaintenance, as well as training building staff onbest practices to save energy and working closely with your energy partnersand suppliers like ConEd to take advantage ofincentives. A low energy rating may be a turnoff to potential owners or tenants.While that is the most obvious effect of a building’s energy score becomingwidely known, there are greater implications a replacement to keep in mind.


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