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ASHRAE to Conduct Fall Online Course on Building Energy Audits

A new course from ASHRAE, part of its ASHRAE Learning Institute fall online course series, will offer guidance on best practices and other information relevant for building owners, managers, and government entities in tackling energy efficiency through conducting energy audits. 

“As we work to identify investment opportunities in commercial buildings, we want to ensure that any recommendations are cost effective, technically feasible, and result in significant energy savings,” said Jim Kelsey, the course’s instructor. “Providing the best audits that we can will help move the industry forward to net zero buildings, so this course focuses on how to actually conduct good audits.”

RICOH_Company_Head_Office_Building_2007-1ASHRAE notes that revenue from energy-efficient HVAC systems will grow from $17.2 billion in 2013 to $33.2 billion by 2020. Kelsey noted, “That growth will not be possible without independent energy auditors who can put unbiased, engineering-based information into the hands of decision-makers.”

The two-part course, Commercial Building Energy Audits, includes a summary of materials essential for performing ASHRAE Level 1, 2 and 3 audits, time-saving tips for energy auditors, how to hire an auditor, what to ask for in a comprehensive audit report, how to build a successful energy efficiency retrofit team, tips to make site visits quicker and more effective, tools to make analysis of billing data and energy savings faster and more accurate, and tools to perform diagnostics using measured data.

“Engineers don’t usually make the best salesmen,” Kelsey noted. “Yet promoting energy efficiency projects in buildings requires energy auditors to promote projects and ‘sell’ their ideas. Attendees will learn how to promote energy efficiency projects in commercial buildings [beyond promoting cost-effectiveness].”

The online course takes place Nov. 4 and 6. For registration costs and to register, visit

It is one of 13 ASHRAE Learning Institute fall online courses aimed at providing professional development for engineers in consulting practices, facility management, or supplier support. The courses include instruction on applying ASHRAE standards and employing new technologies essential for advanced building performance.

Course participants earn continuing education credits and qualify for Professional Development Hours for each course completed. Courses are instructor-led, drawing upon professional knowledge of leading practitioners.

Details on all the courses can be found at

ASHRAE, founded in 1894, is a building technology society with more than 50,000 members worldwide. The organization and its members focus on building systems, energy efficiency, indoor air quality, refrigeration, and sustainability. It conducts research, standards writing, publishing, and continuing education on what it describes as “the built environment.”


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