The U.S. Department of Energy aims to address facilities in disadvantaged communities, allowing this program to target small to medium-sized commercial facilities (typically 100,000 square feet or less).


Who We Are

The Commercial Building Assessment Program launched by Oregon State University’s Industrial Assessment Center (OSU IAC) and Lane Community College (LCC) in 2021 marks a significant step towards enhancing sustainability practices in the commercial sector. By extending energy audit services beyond industrial assessments to commercial buildings, the program contributes to reducing energy consumption and costs as well as resource efficiency.

Through this collaboration, both institutions are paving the way for innovative solutions in energy efficiency while nurturing the talents of aspiring energy engineers. The program's holistic approach not only benefits businesses by identifying opportunities for savings and improvements but also underscores the crucial role education plays in shaping a brighter, more sustainable future for all. As the Commercial Building Assessment Program continues to evolve, its impact on promoting eco-friendly practices and empowering the next generation of environmental stewards is bound to grow exponentially.


Our Process

Energy Use Analysis

Before the energy audit, the building’s current energy and cost efficiencies are analyzed by recent utility data, energy use information, and cost per unit area per year.

Pre-Site Interview

Our team will meet with your facility’s staff to learn more about schedules of operation, use patterns, planned improvements, and areas of concern. This interview may occur at the site visit or prior depending on staff availability.

Site Visit and Data Collection

With guidance from a member of your staff, we will tour your facility to collect data on energy-consuming systems. Data collection may include using building automation system trend data, employing data loggers, and interviewing key personnel.

Identify Energy Savings Opportunities

After the site visit and consultation with facility personnel, we will identify energy savings opportunities including alterations to operations, maintenance procedures, or capital improvements. Input and feedback from your personnel are critical to ensure we pursue priority interests.


Our report will include specific recommendations to reduce energy use and energy cost.


Within nine months of the report, we will contact you to determine if further investigation is recommended.


Key Faculty

Karl R. Haapala, Ph.D.

Professor and EEC/IAC Director, Oregon State University

School of Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering

Roger Ebbage, CEM

Coordinator, Lane Community College

Energy Management Program

Suzanne Marinello, P.E.

Instructor, Oregon State University College of Architectural Engineering and Lane Community College

Energy Management Program



Contact: Suzanne Marinello, P.E.   ---

Funded by U.S. Department of Energy in partnership with Oregon State University Energy Efficiency Center