We will Provide Accurate and Reliable
Utility Consumption Baseline Analysis
Required Under the RAD Program
A Utility Consumption Baseline Analysis (UCBA) is a report that analyzes a full twelve months of energy consumption at a property. Oft-times both a pre and a post rehab analysis are conducted to show the decrease in energy consumption after green retrofits have been installed on a property. A UCBA contains data on all (both tenant and owner paid) utility usage at the property and includes all common areas usage. Additionally, a detailed narrative that describes the interior and exterior layout of the property is used to understand and document what types of utilities are used, how they are used, from what sources they come and in what amounts they are consumed.
If you are a public housing authority applying for the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) program, a utility consumption baseline analysis is required under part 3 of the Physical Conditions Assessment. Such an analysis is also useful for anyone who is interested in comparing the pre and post energy consumption rates after green retrofits have been installed.
Zeffert & Associates is one of the largest (if not THE) largest provider of baselines for the Green Retrofit Program. We have the Experience and Systems in place to complete your Utility Consumption Baseline Analysis. Our firm possesses:
- The largest database of utility rates in the country
- The methodology and experience to retrieve utility bill histories in the most timely fashion
- The proper methodology to take into account various factors that can affect energy consumption. For example, Weather Normalization is a mathematical process for adjusting actual energy data so it represents energy typically used in an average year for the same location. Zeffert & Associates will carefully account for weather differences from year to year that may result in abnormally high or low energy consumption at the property. We have the tools to quickly and accurately perform this process - others do not
- Great working relationships with participating administrative entities in HUD
- Credibility of having consulted with HUD on the methodology for calculating baselines
Please note, that parts 1, 2, and 4 of the Physical Condition Assessment will need to be conducted by an alternate contractor/engineer as our firm does not provide these services.
Our consistent and quality service has resulted in delighted clients. Such testimony is available below.
"Dear Mr. Zeffert,
I want to tell you what a pleasure it was to work with Christopher. I now understand why Tracy Simons [oversees RAD program on behalf of the Gil Group] so highly recommended working with him and your company.
For a little background my husband is the engineer who does the majority of the Gill Group Property Needs Assessments. Four years ago when the Green Program started he did those reports that had a little utility info. We did not know that there were more utility requirements and you filled the bill. In December the meeting in WA said the reports were basically the same. We bid on the work accordingly(we are finding out lots of other companies are in the same boat of misunderstanding). Much to our shock all the utility info was required. We have had challenges getting the bills, etc and were completely frustrated. Last week Tracy mentioned that in the future we need to select a company and have the work done. We did not know your company existed. Tracy mentioned three companies. I asked her if she prefers working with one. She said yours. Yesterday I spoke to Christopher because we were stuck on the Weather Normalized Adjustment Factor. I was very frustrated by this time. I see no reason that people who know of you would be as frustrated as I was. Therefore, there is no need for an extra patient employee. Enter Christopher. He assured me he would get the numbers by the end of the day. I made a few follow up calls with questions. Each time he patiently explained the procedure. He even talked to Robert Robinson who is in charge of this program at HUD. In a very nice way he explained why he could not do the Occupancy Adjustment Factor.
The bottom line is that Christopher is a perfect person to deal with your clients. I look forward to working with him when we do another RAD RPCA. The Gill Group prides it self on being on time and because of Christopher this project will be."
Clients can rely on our firm to conduct UCBAs with accuracy and efficiency. Contact us today to schedule your analysis today!