Conducting An Energy Design Review

Author(s) R. Griesbach, E. Corthay, R. Storey, M. Dover
Published in Chemical Engineering Progress, May 2013


Formal energy design reviews help to ensure that energy is treated as a key factor in decision-making throughout the various stages of a design projects.  This approach can significantly improve a site's energy performance.

An energy design review (EDR) is a structured, interdisciplinary analysis of the design of an industrial project to determine the most-efficient energy solutions that also allow the project to operate safely and reliably.  Companies carry out these reviews to help maximize the energy efficiency and competitive advantage of their facilities, thereby reducing the lifetime operating costs and improving the return on their investment.

Contrary to what might be expected, opportunities to improve energy efficiency exist at all stages of an engineering design projects.