Commercial Building Assessment

Energy Assessment

The purpose of Energy Savings Assessments is to identify immediate opportunities to save energy and to reduce cost, by focusing on key systems: 

  • Energy Star Benchmarking
  • Building Envelope
  • Lighting
  • Plug loads
  • HVAC
  • Domestic hot water
  • Laundry
  • Food preparation
  • Refrigeration
  • Conveying
  • Pools/saunas/spas
  • Process loads
  • Others

These processes consume most of the energy used by U.S. commercials. Fine-tuning of these systems may cost little but offers your commercial building the potential to yield large savings. Quick successes with optimizing these systems can lead to significant long-term savings if the approach is spread throughout your company’s plants.

Client Assessment

Four-Step Process

  • Pre-Assessment Information Gathering
  • Pre-Assessment Analysis
  • On-Site Assessment
  • Post Assessment


Download Pre-Assessment Form

One Day On-Site Assessment

Download a Sample Assessment Agenda

  1. Introduction
  2. Q & A
  3. Plant Tour
  4. Meeting room debriefing
  5. Review notes and brainstorm (Lunch)
  6. Refine List of opportunities to be investigated
  7. Data Gathering
  8. Exit Interview

Post-Assessment Report

  1. Conduct engineering and financial analysis
  2. Deliver an IAC Report
    • Executive Summary including summary of Recommendations
    • Building Description
    • Resource Charts and Tables
    • Major Energy Consuming Equipment
    • Best Practices
    • Description of Individual Energy Saving Recommendation
  3. Follow-up to Report


  • The identity of each participating plant is not reported to the Department of Energy–only the summary data.
  • Assessment reports are stored in an Industrial Assessment Center Database managed by the IAC Field Manager at the Rutgers University. No company names are shown in any public accessible documents without the company’s consent.

Client Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for an IAC assessment, a manufacturing plant needs to meet these criteria:

  • Commercial buildings being less than 100,000 square feet.

Exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis. Please contact the center at:
If your company meets the criteria and is interested in being a client, please submit the IAC On-Line Application Form.