Benchmark Performancesee how your buildings compare to peers

Energy Benchmarking for Buildings

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Energy benchmarking & disclosure is mandatory in some cities and states. Find out where and get policy details.

While most businesses know how much they are spending on energy, many don't know whether their buildings are efficient. Benchmarking helps you measure performance and drive improvements by addressing four key management questions:

  • How are we doing?
  • Are we getting better or worse?
  • What are our opportunities for improvement?
  • Did the initiatives we implemented pay off?
Measuring building efficiency

Benchmark

The process of comparing a building's performance to its peers.
Building ENERGY STAR score

Rating

Score given to a building that indicates relative performance in a peer group.
Report displaying efficiency info

Disclosure

The process of publicizing the rating.

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Benchmarking Methods & Metrics

There are many ways to benchmark you building's energy performance, including three common methods illustrated below.

Bar graph showing performance by month

Against Itself

Track historical performance to determine how an individual building is trending better or worse over time, and whether specific actions taken paid off.

Map of properties showing highest and lowest performers

Within a Portfolio

Benchmark each building within an owned, leased, or managed portfolio. Target specific opportunities for improvement and take action.

City scape of buildings labeled with ENERGY STAR scores

To Similar Buildings

Use Portfolio Manager to obtain an annual score of 1-100. Buildings that score ≥75 are eligible to obtain the ENERGY STAR designation.

Beyond measuring total utility consumption or expense, there are a variety of useful benchmarking metrics, including:

Cost per square foot $ per SF
Energy per square foot Energy per SF
Cost per employee $ per employee
Cost per widget $ per widget
This year vs. last year vs. last year
Before vs. after a retrofit before vs. after a retrofit
Percent of operating expenses % of operating expenses
Cost vs. planned budget vs. planned budget

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ENERGY STAR Program

Used by about 40% of US buildings, the federal government's ENERGY STAR program is the de-facto standard for benchmarking.

ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager data management tool

Energy Star Portfolio Manager screenshot
  • ENERGY STAR is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy
  • Portfolio Manager is the online tool used to input and track utility data
  • Available for many types of existing commercial and industrial facilities
  • Buildings are given a score on a scale of 1-100; by definition, 50 is average
  • Scores are normalized based property type, size, occupancy, location, weather, etc.

ENERGY STAR designation for high-performance buildings

Energy Star plaque on building
  • To be eligible for the ENERGY STAR, a building’s energy performance must be within the top 25% of similar facilities (score ≥75)
  • ENERGY STAR labeled buildings benefit from a decrease in energy use and spending – they are 1/3 more energy efficient than comparable buildings
  • ENERGY STAR is also a vital part of LEED O+M (existing buildings)

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Benchmarking Process

The benchmarking process is relatively straightforward. To get started, you'll need access to at least 12 months of utility bill data.


1

Create a Portfolio Manager account

Set up a free Energy Star Portfolio Manager account.
2

Import Your Utility Data

Upload your monthly energy and water bills.
3

Share your properties with GreenPSF

Setup a sync on your own or have us do it, then match up your properties. (Note: this is a one-time process!)
4

Create Reports

Use GreenPSF reports to measure performance, track key metrics, and view trends.
5

Apply for ENERGY STAR

If your score is ≥75, apply to earn the designation, or hire GreenPSF to help.

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Interpreting Your Benchmarking Score

Your building's score reveals potential next steps. An energy audit helps quantify opportunities and provides a roadmap for implementation.

1
50
75
100
Significant room for improvement. High likelihood of low-cost, high ROI, quick payback initiatives.
Average performance. Opportunities to improve some with low-cost initiatives, achieving significant gains may require additional CAPEX.
Strong existing performance with some opportunities for fine-tuning.

Operational Improvements

Lower-cost initiatives to make existing operations run smoother:

Capital Improvements

More substantive, in-depth changes to equipment:

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