The Better Buildings program and the Rocky Mountain Institute have a goal of making commercial buildings in the US 20% more efficient by 2020.  These goals if accomplished will save building owner approximately $40 billion per year in energy costs.  Retrofit programs like this are the most cost effective way to reduce costs, reduce your carbon footprint and increase your net bottom line.  Buildings that are 10 or more years old can often achieve 50% or better savings through energy efficient retrofits otherwise known as Deep Energy Retrofits.  These retrofits look at the building as a whole and incorporate a slew of energy efficiency upgrades.

These upgrades are often accomplished with no money out of pocket by paying for the improvement via the energy savings themselves.  A typical retrofit project might be implemented as follows:

Roofing (Energy Efficient Roof)                  –              Energy Savings on HVAC 15%

Insulation (With Roof System)                   –              Energy Savings on HVAC 25%

Day Light Harvesting                             –              Energy Savings on lighting 35%

Lighting Retrofit                                –              Energy Savings on lighting 40%

HVAC Upgrade                                     –              Energy Savings on HVAC 20%

Window Upgrades                                  –              Energy Savings on HVAC 10%

Energy Monitoring                                –              Energy Savings Overall 15%

Savings on Avoided Costs

Roofing Maintenance

Changing bulbs and light fixtures

HVAC reduced maintenance

Decreased maintenance on all electronic components

Value Added Benefits

Increased efficiency of workforce

Increased worker retention

Decreased sick days

Improved worker safety

With combined energy savings and avoided costs overall energy and cost reductions often exceed 50%.  The capital cost for these improvements can be financed out up to 20 years. The cost savings should always be budgeted so that the savings is the same or greater than the financed capital costs.  Often additional savings and return on investment can be had through tax credits, accelerated depreciation and rebates depending on the technology.  When bundling projects often systems can be downsized or right sized due to greater efficiency of the whole system.  In the past complete energy efficiency retrofit projects could only be accomplished by large industrial users or large Energy Service Contractors.  Today deep energy retrofits can be accomplished by contractors who are familiar with the whole energy envelope.  When considering an efficiency project make sure conservative energy savings are calculated, warrantees on building systems and technologies are backed by verified manufacturers and finance partners are familiar with energy savings.  For more information regarding deep energy retrofits contact us today at 800-284-5887 or email