Establish a program to provide ongoing support to facility owners doing performance contracting projects. This involves an oversight agreement with pre-qualified ESCOs and an MOU with facility owners, to set expectations for both parties. It also involves third-party technical assistance and rigorous processes in monitoring and verification and commissioning.
Following are ESC's recommended tools in support of this ESPC best practice:
- Project Oversight Agreements
- Monitoring and Verification Guidelines
- Technical Assistance
- Benchmarking Buildings and Assessing Opportunities
- ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager
Portfolio Manager is an interactive energy management tool that allows you to track and assess energy and water consumption across your entire portfolio of buildings in a secure online environment. Whether you own, manage, or hold properties for investment, Portfolio Manager can help you set investment priorities, identify under-performing buildings, verify efficiency improvements, and receive EPA recognition for superior energy performance.
- Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) Tools
Software and database tools are available to help Federal agencies evaluate and implement renewable energy, energy efficiency, and water efficiency projects. FEMP makes these tools available to state energy managers as well. Tools assess Building Life-Cycle Cost (BLCC), water saving opportunities (Watergy 3.0), and energy saving measures (FEDS 6.0).