Historically, energy efficiency projects within the UK have been undertaken with little consideration as to how performance of the measures installed will be proven. Once completed, if the end user receives higher than expected energy costs or the investment fails to make the promised return, whose fault is it? How can the end user demonstrate that the higher than expected energy costs are not due to other changes in building performance? How can the manufacturer or installer protect the integrity of their product and prove performance levels promised?
The solution is to put in place a measurement and verification plan at the start of the project which sets out how energy savings will be measured, recorded and proven. This has benefits for all of the parties:
- End users can have confidence in the performance of measures installed
- Manufacturers and suppliers can prove the performance of the products
- Investors can have confidence in the return on investment promised and assess risk more accurately
IPMVP (International Performance Measurement and Verification Protocol)
IPMVP provides a framework for ‘good measurement and verification’ without being too prescriptive. It allows for a high degree of flexibility, so plans can be tailored to the complexity and available budgets of projects. IPMVP is the international standard for measurement and verification internationally. Whilst it is a protocol that can be followed by anyone, ‘certified measurement and verification professionals’ (CMVP) are trained in the application of accurate and reliable measurement and verification methodologies. All of AA Projects measurement and verification plans will be in line with IPMVP, where relevant to the project, and be produced by a qualified CMVP.
How can AA Projects help?
- Develop an independent measurement and verification plan and monitoring strategy for projects
- Provide due diligence on measurement and verification plans to ensure that they provide a fair and accurate methodology
- Carry out monitoring and recording during the operation period of the energy saving measure
- Produce a savings report, a final analysis quantifying the saved energy (‘avoided energy’) from the project in line with the measurement and verification plan and IPMVP standards