Your Building May Need a Tune-Up

Most people understand the importance of having regular tune-ups for their cars, yet most buildings are seldom checked to ensure smooth and efficient operation. This can lead to uncomfortable occupants, as well as higher energy bills and maintenance costs.

The Building Tune-Up (BTU) program provides funding for a qualified service provider to perform a retrocommissioning study of your building. This study will provide recommendations for low and no-cost improvements to be made to your building’s energy systems; usually with a simple payback of under 2 years. We pay for 100% of the cost of the study; you commit to spending $0.05 per square foot of building area (or $12,000, whichever is less) to implement some of the recommended improvements.

To learn if your building is a good candidate for the BTU program, apply for a FREE facility assessment. Efficiency Works has listed qualified service providers that provide retrocommissioning services. For more details, view the Efficiency Works Business Program Guide.

Building Tune-Up

Retrocommissioning is the term for applying the commissioning process to a building that has been commissioned previously (either during construction or as an existing building).

More Details

Retrocommissioning typically consists of four project phases: application, planning, implementation and verification. Depending on the type of building you have, your project would go through one of three program paths, which may not include all of the typical phases.

Tier 1 buildings are the most simple and go through the most streamlined Building Tune-Up process. These buildings have packaged air handling units and are likely operated off of simple thermostats.
Tier 2 buildings are somewhat more complex; they will have a central building automation system (BAS), capable of monitoring and trending a number of components throughout a variety of building energy systems.

Tier 3 buildings are the most complex. In addition to having a building automation system, a Tier 3 building would also have either a central cooling/heating plant, or complex manufacturing/industrial processes.