Energy Audits, Energy Audits, Energy Audits!!!!

The Conundrum: You’re a building owner and you want to reduce your property’s energy consumption and costs… What to do? What to do?

The Solution: Get an ENERGY AUDIT!

An energy audit is an inspection, survey and analysis of energy flows for energy conservation in a building or system. An Energy Audit  is conducted in order to reduce the amount of energy input into the building system without negatively affecting the output(s).

Reducing energy consumption while improving human comfort, health and safety are the chief goals of an energy audit. An energy audit seeks to prioritize the energy uses of a building according to the most cost effective opportunities for energy savings.

Energy Audits will determine which energy efficiency measures will help you reach your target energy reduction goals and meet your capital investment return criteria.  Partner Energy engineers will conduct an on-site field visit to evaluate various building systems and present the following for each energy efficiency measure recommended:

  • Scope of Work
  • Estimated Complete Installation Cost
  • Estimated energy and operating savings
  • Greenhouse gas emission reduction
  • Available rebates and incentives
  • Payback period and Internal Rate of Return

If you are interested in learning more about the Energy Auditing process, please feel free to check out Partner Energy’s website: or contact Partner Energy @ (888) 826-1216.

1st Annual Valley Green Building Education Conference And Expo



On Thursday June 23, 2011 the 1st Annual Valley Green Building Education Conference and Expo was held at Cal State University Northridge. This one day event was presented by The San Fernando Valley Green Team & USGBC-LA Chapter and was jam packed with lectures, roundtable sessions and influential speakers. Some of the lectures that the Partner Energy team attended were “LEED EBOM Challenges and Obstacles in Achieving Certification,” “Governor Brown’s Clean Energy Plan and Its Impact on All of Us,” Residential and Multi-Family Energy Assessments,” “Energy Upgrade and PACE” and “ LEED 101.”


In addition to these phenomenal Green Building and sustainability sessions, all attendees were given the opportunity to tour some of the University’s most energy efficient and technologically advanced buildings. The Partner Energy Team went on a tour of the recently opened Valley Performing Arts Center. Below is a brief article about the performing arts center and its sustainability profile. Take a moment to read the article and the sustainability profile… it will be well worth your time!


State of the Arts


Sustainability Profile


Long Beach, CA June 16, 2011- This morning Tony Liou, President of Partner Energy,  spoke at the “29th Annual West Coast Energy Management Congress” in Long Beach, CA. Mr. Liou was asked by ICF to give a presentation on energy audits, benchmarking, disclosure laws (by state) and other legislation that building owners need to be aware of.

Mr. Liou’s presentation was well attended and a number of building owners asked for his advice/expressed interest in the suite of services that Partner Energy offers for auditing and benchmarking projects.

Click Here to View Benchmarking Presentation

SCE’s “Operation Lamp Exchange!”

Southern California Edison is sponsoring “Operation Lamp Exchange.” This event will be held on June 18th and 19th in Redlands, CA and is meant to encourage Southern California residents to use Energy Star Label lamps instead of inefficient halogen and incandescent lamps. SCE is making this switch from halogen and incandescent to Energy Star Label possible, by providing attendees with the opportunity to trade in inefficient lamps for energy efficient ones at no cost!

So, if you are looking to spruce up your office or home with some nice, new and energy efficient lamps, then click on the link below to see how you should best prepare for “Operation Lamp Exchange….”     Happy Lamp Shopping!!!!

Click here for more information on Operation Lamp Exchange

The LEED EBOM rating system is changing again!

Here is an informative event that is taking place in Los Angeles this afternoon. Read up and stay in the know!

                                  LEED EBOM 2012 Rating System!
The LEED EBOM rating system is changing again! Please join the Existing Buildings (EB) Committee to hear from experts about the proposed changes to the LEED EBOM rating system. This is one of the few annual EB committee meetings that are opened to the public in 2011. Take advantage of this opportunity to network with top leaders in the industry that are working to green their existing building operations. Event capacity is 200 and attendees will be seated on a first come first serve basis. Welook forward to seeing youthere!
Date:Thursday, June 9th, 2011
Time: 12:00-1:30pm
Speaker: Brightworks
Location:Bank of America Auditorium: Concourse Level, 333 South Hope St. Los Angeles, CA 90071
(T) 213-621-9314
Committee Leaders:
Co-Chair: Daniele Horton
Co-Chair: Kevin Devine
Research Coordinator: Seth Strongin
Communications Coordinator: Amanda Briones
Web Coordinator: Stephanie Watt
Events Coordinator:Sara Hickman
Market Analyst: Genaro Bugarin

Parking Garages and Tax Deductions!

At this point, it is pretty well known that the federal government is offering large tax incentives/saving opportunities for energy efficient buildings. But, did you know that the federal government has made it clear, by IRS Notice 2008-40 Sec. 6, that Parking Garages are an eligible building category for Section 179D tax deductions?

With parking garages being recognized as an eligible building category for tax deductions, building and parking garage owners have the potential to save a great deal of money by implementing energy efficient building lighting retrofits.

If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity, please take a moment and read Charles Goulding’s informative article, “Multiple Lighting Technologies: Drive Large EPAct Tax Deductions for Parking Garages.”

Click Here To Read More