Businesses and commercial building owners are facing more pressure than ever to improve building energy efficiency. Whether these energy initiatives are implemented in response to societal pressures, financial volatility, or government mandates, energy optimization is becoming a more popular priority across industries.

What is Energy Optimization?

Energy optimization, is the process of maximizing energy efficiency and resources to benefit people and the climate.

Commercial property owners and building engineers can implement energy optimization initiatives to improve efficiency and meet energy use and financial goals. But energy optimization is a broad term, and it can be challenging to know where to start.

For commercial buildings, energy optimization often includes the use of energy modeling tools to review, aggregate, and analyze building energy and financial data. These energy models help determine life-cycle costs, comparative performance, and efficiency design and construction decisions.

Even more, commercial buildings can be extremely complex, and their energy use, intensity, and efficiency vary greatly depending on the purpose, size, age, and location of the building. With this in mind, the most effective energy optimization initiatives involve using automated modeling software rather than manual calculations.

Energy optimization can help businesses:

  • Meet federal and local energy requirements
  • Maximize resource allocation and team productivity
  • Save costs by eliminating waste and optimizing energy performance

Increasing Mandates and Regulations

At the federal, state, and local levels, businesses are required to meet more energy efficiency mandates than ever before. While these regulations are well-meaning,, it can be difficult for commercial building owners to respond quickly and make necessary improvements.

Aside from financial constraints, one of the most challenging aspects of meeting new regulations is knowing where your efficiency gaps are coming from. Energy optimization tools help energy teams identify areas of concern and paint a picture of the next steps.

Maximizing Resources

Energy optimization software also helps teams maximize resources. Especially for organizations with multiple buildings, building owners can’t afford to waste staff time, expenses, or energy on the wrong projects. Energy modeling creates a roadmap for the most critical improvements that need to be made by easily identifying problem areas.

By using an energy modeling and optimization tool, businesses can rest easy knowing they are maximizing productivity and ensuring the most valuable return on investment.

Cost Savings

Perhaps most importantly, investing in energy optimization can save your business thousands in energy costs and improve your bottom line. Optimizing your building’s energy efficiency means long-term savings in terms of limiting energy use and energy intensity, avoiding government fines, and increasing building longevity, to name a few.

Net Energy Optimizer, Willdan’s robust energy modeling tool, can help commercial buildings in any stage – design, development, or renovation – optimize their building energy performance. Gain access to automated, real-time results in seconds with the accuracy of models that can take hours or days to develop. Regardless of technical expertise, team members are empowered to generate an effective energy model with NEO.

For property owners, architects, engineers, manufacturers, or utility managers, our tiered software subscription packages empower you to choose the modeling services that fit your unique building energy needs. Schedule a demo with our team to learn how NEO can help you achieve total energy optimization.