IF YOUR AUTHORITY IS LOOKING AT UTILITY COSTS
Consider a Utilities Allowance Study
Performing a Utilities Allowance Study will provide data to determine the actual energy use requirements of each type of apartment. The energy use, both electric and fossil fuels, should be calculated using ASHRAE approved methods. ASHRAE is the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers. Specific allowances should be developed for each type, size, and location of unit within each project (examples - one bedroom ground level end, one bedroom top level in the middle, four bedroom detached single family unit, etc.). You will know the monthly cost and consumption utility allowances by unit type, size, and location by Project.