Issue 44 – November 2012
An energy audit is an important step for an organisation, whatever its size or type, wanting to improve its energy efficiency, reduce energy consumption, and bring related environmental benefits. BS EN 16247-1:2012 Energy audits – General requirements defines the attributes of a good quality energy audit.
BS EN 16247-1 states the requirements for energy audits and corresponding obligations within the energy auditing process. It recognises that there are differences in approach to energy and its scope, aims, and thoroughness, but seeks to harmonise common aspects of energy auditing to bring more clarity and transparency to the market for energy auditing services. The energy audit process is presented as a simple chronological sequence; this does not preclude however repeated iterations of certain steps.
This European Standard:
- applies to commercial, industrial, residential, and public-sector organisations, excluding individual private dwellings
- does not deal with the energy audit programme/scheme properties (such as programme administration, training of energy auditors, quality control issues, energy auditors' tools, and so on)
- specifies the requirements, common methodology, and deliverables for energy audits. It applies to all forms of establishments and organisations, all forms of energy and uses of energy, excluding individual private dwellings
- covers the general requirements common to all energy audits.
Use the Standard alone or in conjunction with ISO for good energy management practice.
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Summarised from BSI's website.
- ISO 50001 Energy management systems Standard – BSI case studies on reducing energy consumption, Touchstone, August 2012
- ISO 50001 Energy management Standard – adopted as European Standard, Touchstone, March 2012
- Energy management Standard ISO 50001 – early adopters report major gains, Touchstone, August 2011
- New ISO 50001 energy management Standard impacts the bottom line, media release, 11 July 2011