ASHRAE expands Building Energy Quotient with As Designed label
By Anthony Capkun
The BEQ program is now two labels in one: an As Designed label that rates the building’s potential energy use under standardized conditions (independent of occupancy and usage) and an ‘In Operation’ label that rates its actual measured energy use as influenced by the building’s occupancy and usage. To receive an As Designed rating, a standardized energy model must be performed by an ASHRAE-certified building energy modelling professional (BEMP).
The key component of the In Operation label is the in-operation assessment, which includes an ASHRAE Level I Energy Audit conducted by an ASHRAE-certified building energy assessment professional (BEAP), along with recommendations for energy-improvement measures. The rating focuses on the building’s actual energy use for the preceding 12 to 18 months, and is based on actual operating data.