What's the Benefit?
Through the bEQ process, qualified practitioners can compare the bEQ selected building’s performance with similar building types. And because bEQ offers a consistent methodology, buildings within an owner’s real estate portfolio can be compared against each other and they can be re-evaluated over time to see if the improvements are getting the expected energy savings and performance results. These comparisons enable owners to invest financial resources in their buildings in the ways that will provide the greatest return.
"Green to Grey"
bEQ also benefits owners by enabling them to combat the “green to grey building syndrome.” bEQ is specifically designed to highlight suggested energy savings measures, which can be used to help identify key factors causing the gap between a building’s design potential and its actual performance in operation. Many bEQ qualified practitioners are trained to implement the measures cited in bEQ Workbooks needed to reverse this trend and ensure investment value.
The depth of the analyses upon which the ratings are based make bEQ unique. The guidance provided in the two rating Workbooks enables owners to make informed decisions about investments in equipment upgrades, re-commissioning and maintenance.
What Does the Building Owner Receive?
The value of bEQ is that it provides the practitioner with a methodology to be followed and the owner with information on their building that is easily understood and applied. When a bEQ qualified practitioner satisfactorily completes the submittal process and a rating is awarded, the owner will receive from the practitioner:
The ASHRAE Level 1 Energy Audit contained in bEQ’s In Operation Workbook delivers analysis unavailable in other building labeling programs. These methodology and calculation procedures have been determined by building energy use experts to yield the most reliable and actionable results.
bEQ provides building owners with relevant information to communicate building usage to the public. Participation in the program guarantees technical information that can be used by building management staff.