Energy Benchmarking for Buildings
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?
BenchmarkThe process of comparing a building's performance to its peers.
RatingScore given to a building that indicates relative performance in a peer group.
DisclosureThe 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.
Track historical performance to determine how an individual building is trending better or worse over time, and whether specific actions taken paid off.
Within a Portfolio
Benchmark each building within an owned, leased, or managed portfolio. Target specific opportunities for improvement and take action.
Beyond measuring total utility consumption or expense, there are a variety of useful benchmarking metrics, including:
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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 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
- 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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The benchmarking process is relatively straightforward. To get started, you'll need access to at least 12 months of utility bill data.
Create a Portfolio Manager accountSet up a free Energy Star Portfolio Manager account.
Import Your Utility DataUpload your monthly energy and water bills.
Create ReportsUse GreenPSF reports to measure performance, track key metrics, and view trends.
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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.