Monitoring & Verification
A crucial component of energy audits, commissioning, LEED Certification, and documenting successful projects
Monitor energy-related data to diagnose symptoms of comfort and energy-use anomalies:
"You cannot manage what you do not measure" -- Jack Welch, Former CEO of General Electric Corporation
We strongly recommend at least one year of monitoring use on all energy projects.
Project Name: NH Housing Finance Authority - Transitional Housing
Building Type: Multifamily apartments, 10 units, 12,250 Square Footage
Overview story: We knew there was a problem—at first, the solar hot water panels were covered in snow, even though there had been three days of crystal clear sunshine after the storm. The system had been shut off by the building manager because he had sensed something to not be quite right. When the installation company arrived and “turned it on,” the snow melted right away. However, something still didn’t sit right with us. Upon inspecting the system and piping, we realized that it was plumbed incorrectly. In fact, the boiler was transferring hot water up to the rooftop panels and releasing that heat to the outdoors. With this information conveyed to all parties, the installer re-plumbed the system, and we set up energy monitoring equipment to ensure that water flows in the correct direction, that heat is provided to hot showers and laundry, not the roof, and that grant money is effectively used.