Conduct Audits

Facilities are prioritized as potential “hot spots” requiring an energy efficiency audit if they are greater than 2,000m2 (SGS occupied) floor area, and are owned rather than rented buildings. SGS use the Sequentra database to collect, organize, and store information on our property portfolio; this greatly assists in planning our audit schedule.

 CountryStateTownBuildingFloor areaSGS occupied areaOwnership status
Western Europe Spain Talavera Del Reina   Portiña de San Miguel, 17 4,000 230 Leased
Central North Western Europe Germany Wörgl Wörgl (6,7) Fritz-Atzl-Strasse 8 (Teil 3 und 8 der Ordination) 4,000 356 Leased
Western Europe France Vitrolles Vitrolles Building 1, 3,993 599 Leased
Africa Algeria AIN DEFLA COTA Khemis Miliana Building 1, COTA Khemis Meliana 3,928 3,928 Leased
South East Asia and Pacific India Mumbai Vikhroli SGS House, 4B, A. S. Marg, Vikhroli (West)   2,003 Owned
Figure 2 An excerpt from the SGS building stock database

In this sample of SGS buildings, the Mumbai offices would be targeted for an energy audit based on the above listed criteria.

We conducted 34 energy audits in major facilities around the world in 2014 and so far in 2015 we have evaluated and proposed actions on a further 19 buildings. Capital expenditure and Return on Investment (ROI) has been calculated for more than 50 actions covering 14 of the buildings assessed in 2015.

SGS audit individual facilities with the help of the facilities managers in each location. The main challenge is electricity consumption. Heating typically uses natural gas or gas oil, and we often reduce consumption by upgrading to more efficient boilers.

Proposed energy efficiency measures for 2015 span lighting, HVAC, cooling, building envelope (window thermal coating), renewable energy, free (evaporative) cooling, and improved pump efficiency. Investment on these projects varies from €10,000 to €1m; with most prospective project ROI’s falling below three years (as is consistent with SGS energy saving projects implemented in previous years).

We always include water in the audits, to address concerns of future scarcity. SGS have signed the WBCSD WASH pledge; guaranteeing the provision of and access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) to our employees in the workplace.

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