About the Program

Qualified buildings receive a free custom engineering study from their choice of one of the Program’s specialized Providers. This 3–5 month investigation digs deep into the building’s systems to uncover hidden energy savings opportunities. The investigation includes interviews with building operators, collection of trend data, functional tests, analysis, and an engineering analysis to identify a list of energy-saving measures.

As soon as measures are identified, the Program provides an offer of financial assistance (implementation incentives) to the owner to help buy down the cost of implementing measures. The owner can implement measures with in-house staff or third party contractors of their choosing.

Once implementation is complete, energy savings are verified by the Provider and the building staff is trained on maintaining the savings. Once energy savings are confirmed with the utility, the Program pays the owner the implementation incentive.

What is Retrocommisioning?

Retrocommissioning is a process for investigating the mechanical, lighting, and control systems of an existing building and identifying operational improvements. Typical issues identified include:

  • Simultaneous heating and cooling
  • Lighting and HVAC running when not required
  • Control sensors out of calibration
  • Sub-optimal use of existing components, such as “free cooling” with economizers

By addressing common but subtle operational problems, the Program can eliminate energy waste while improving the performance and increasing the life of your building’s systems.

The Program has a pre-qualified pool of highly trained Providers (engineering firms) to work directly with building owners throughout their RCx project. Providers are qualified based on their expertise in identifying O&M-type energy savings opportunities and previous experience with RCx projects.