Published on August 31, 2021 by Charles Orr to

EBEWE AUDIT AND RETRO-COMMISSIONING EXEMPTIONS

Buildings that meet one of the below exemptions are not required to go through an Energy Audit or Retro-Commissioning.

ENERGY Exemptions to the Audit and Retro-Commissioning Process

  1. Energy Star Certification: The building has received this certification from the EPA for the year of the building’s compliance due date. (Requires and ENERGY STAR score of 75 or greater.)
  2. Energy Star Certification: The building has received this certification from the EPA for two of the three years preceding the building’s compliance due date. (Requires and ENERGY STAR score of 75 or greater.)
  3. For buildings not eligible to receive an Energy Star score, the building must perform 25% better than the national median provided by the Commercial Buildings Energy Consumption Survey (CBECS) (if this score exists) of similar building types.
  4. The building has reduced its Source Energy Use Intensity (EUI) by 15% when compared to the five years before a building’s compliance due date.
  5. Buildings that do not have a central cooling system or have a cooling system having an aggregate input capacity of less than 100 refrigeration tons (1,200,000 Btu/h) must retrofit four of six energy efficiency measures noted in the EBEWE guidelines (available upon request)

WATER Exemptions to the Audit and Retro-Commissioning Process

  1. The building has reduced its water use intensity by at least 20% when compared to the five years prior to the building’s compliance due date.
  2. Buildings that do not have a central cooling system or with a cooling system that does not operate by the consumption of water as part of the cooling process must retrofit two of three water efficiency measures noted in the EBEWE guidelines (available upon request).
  3. The building’s water use conforms to the LA Municipal and Title 24 Code in effect at any time during the five-year compliance cycle.
  4. The building is new and has been occupied for less than five years from its occupancy date based on the Temporary or final Certificate of Occupancy.

*All exemptions must be certified by, or performed under the supervision of, a California licensed architect or engineer.