Achieving Net-Zero: Energy Audits and Modeling

April 4, 2024

Maximizing Energy Efficiency:
Empowering Building Managers for Sustainable Savings

With climate change at the forefront of global concerns, there is a worldwide movement toward carbon neutrality. To meet climate goals, building owners and managers need to not only reduce their carbon footprint but also increase the energy efficiency of their spaces.

As the costs of utilities continue to escalate, building managers face increasing pressure to identify and implement cost-saving measures for their tenants. Partnering with a knowledgeable team of experts can help streamline this process, providing clients with cost savings, improved indoor air quality, increased market value, and regulatory compliance in addition to the environmental benefits.

The architects, engineers, and construction professionals at Rimkus are uniquely qualified to assist with the optimization of buildings. Utilizing innovative technologies and smart design strategies, supported by years of valuable industry experience, we provide a comprehensive suite of sustainable solutions for the built environment.

Energy Audits

An energy audit can provide a bigger picture for identifying and understanding major energy-saving opportunities. It can also provide a quantifiable look at a building compared to its peers, which can be used to set realistic energy reduction targets and help improve the performance of energy-consuming systems.

Technology, materials, and energy costs are changing rapidly; a quality energy audit performed more than five years ago will be outdated for most facilities. Buildings that follow the best practice of keeping an up-to-date energy audit demonstrate their commitment to energy efficiency leadership, driving substantial reductions in energy consumption and associated costs.

Energy audits can include:
  • Analysis of historical energy bills to create a comparative energy profile
  • Assessment of retrofit savings potential
  • Inventory of energy-consuming aspects and associated operating details
  • Discussions regarding past, current, and potential future energy retrofits
    • Lighting systems
    • Building envelope
    • Water-consuming equipment
    • HVAC equipment
    • Control systems
    • Common element equipment

An inexperienced auditor may overestimate or underestimate savings potential, miss obvious savings opportunities, and neglect to assess entire categories of a building’s energy reduction potential.

Our qualified team of experts can help you accomplish your building’s energy goals. Contact us to learn more.

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The Path to Net-Zero

Commercial office buildings consume large amounts of energy for lighting, heating, cooling, and other purposes, making them a key target for reducing carbon footprints. Converting to net-zero energy consumption is a way to address this challenge. Net-zero energy buildings are designed to produce as much energy as they consume, using a combination of energy-efficient technologies, renewable energy sources, and smart building design.

Energy Manager Outlines Path to Net Zero for Condo Buildings

Matthew Archdekin Headshot

Matthew Archdekin
Senior Technician

Transitioning to net zero energy is an important and timely consideration for condominium owners and boards. In a recent article for CondoVoice, the magazine from Canadian Condo Institute’s Toronto Chapter, Rimkus Project Manager and Certified Energy Manager Matthew Archdekin guides readers through key steps, including feasibility studies, benchmarking, and making plans for decarbonization.

Read Article here: Demystifying Net Zero for Condos

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