A new startup is helping buildings and management companies that have reached the end of their energy efficiency rope. It’s called Retroficiency and, in the company overview by Jeff St. John of greentechmedia.com, it’s helping find the places where buildings waste energy that aren’t immediately visible.
It’s a common situation for building owners that have replaced the lights, tuned up the HVAC systems and taken care of the other low-hanging fruit in the building energy efficiency game. What’s left over is much harder to pinpoint, particularly when the scope of possible effort spans lots of buildings across different regions.
“The challenge for building owners is, you have to get the biggest bang for your buck,” [Marla Thalheimer] said. “Retroficiency’s recommendations are very useful, because they tell you things you haven’t looked at yet.”
Retroficiency, however, does not do any of the retrofitting that it suggests to its customers, rather, it is a tool to be used in conjunction with retrofitting and other energy efficiency solutions, providing data for where the energy waste issues are in the buildings.