Benchmarking a building’s energy performance is generally accepted to be the foundation of any energy management effort, whether at a single building level, or across and organization’s portfolio of buildings. In particular, a benchmarking-led approach can facilitate the following best practices for energy management planning.
Prioritizing energy management efforts and investments Decisions. Especially for building owners/operators with sizable portfolio, and whom resources are limited, benchmarking is an important step to prioritizing energy management projects. By identifying underperformers management can focus their efforts and resources on projects that will likely yield cost-effective significant energy savings.
Identifying and implementing low- and no-cost best practices. Just as benchmarking can help identify and prioritize buildings that need capital investment, high performing properties can be targeted to identify beast practices in operation an maintenance (O&M), which can be deployed throughout the entire portfolio to duplicate cost savings immediately. Furthermore, a whole building-building peer to benchmarking tool, such as Portfolio Manager, will reflect All savings realized at a building, including O&M and behavioral changes as well as specific hardware and control measures.