locations that generate the major costs
2. Perform a Walk-through Examination. Evaluate at least one example
of each major use-type (e.g., offices,
production lines, warehouses, lavatories and laboratories) and walk
through your basic business process,
following the flow from receiving inputs to shipping products.
Observe actions, equipment and
decisions. For example, at what point
does a “material” become a “waste”?
Engage employees along the way. Ask
people about what they do, and why
they do it that way. The people who do
the work will often have ideas on how
to improve it—and their buy-in will be
critical for getting recommendations
During this walk through you will
want to examine both equipment and
• Climate control: Examine efficiency
and function of HVAC, and the building envelope and load management
Is insulation in roof and walls adequate? Are seals and weatherstripping
for doors and windows—including refrigerator door seals—adequate and in
good shape? Record capacity (hp, W,
Btuh, cfm, tons cooling, etc).
• Lighting: Create a lighting census.
How many lamps, of what type and
wattage, in which locations?
• Motors and appliances: Record face-
plate data and approximate duty cy-
cles for motors, electrical equipment,
and appliances, and compare effi-
ciency with current models.
g practices, such as use of occupancy
sensors and set-back thermostats, doing laundry in off-peak hours or watering
the landscaping in the early morning.
• Water: Check faucets and toilets for leaks and flow rates (and dishwashers for
• Load management: Check load shiftin
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