How much energy am I saving or wasting? How much more can I save on energy costs? Why is the AC kicking on at 3 am every weekday and how can I fix that? If you are a building owner or operator these are questions that no doubt plague you.

In our blog about energy modeling, we explore the predictive nature of modeling and the importance of good design in HVAC systems. Here, we will talk about the importance of monitoring the ongoing use of those systems. By utilizing energy monitoring equipment, you can see in real-time how those systems are performing, and get clear answers to these questions that may keep you up at night...or at least working overtime.

What is energy monitoring

Energy monitoring tracks and records consumption patterns in building(s) via an energy monitoring system (EMS). An energy monitoring system is equipment and software that integrates with your building’s utility provider(s), gathers consumption data, analyzes it, and then provides useful information directly to your desktop, laptop, and mobile devices. Information such as real-time alerts, how much energy the building is using, and how it is used throughout the day. Energy monitoring delivers enhanced control and efficiency, meter by meter.

Connecting energy monitoring in buildings

Connecting an EMS is fairly straight forward. The data is gathered by connecting the energy monitoring equipment to meters or sub-meters on-site for each resource you chose to monitor (electricity, water, gas, solar, energy storage). The best systems offer flexibility to connect and are hardware agnostic, assuring ease of adoption with what you already have in place, and adaptation to future changes and upgrades you may make.

There is a wide variety of energy monitoring systems on the market. Green EconoME works with Energy360 by Intech Energy, a cloud-based energy monitoring system that uses next-generation sensors and wireless building controls, providing real-time monitoring and remote equipment management. The advanced technology of the Energy360 system makes it easy to install and less invasive as earlier equipment. The advantage of being cloud-based is not only mobility, but advanced data analytics. The ability to capture and store, read, and analyze your big data empowers you to make changes toward significant savings. 

So now that you have your EMS equipment connected, the fun can begin! As the end-user, you have a host of robust functions and controls at your fingertips. EMS remote access dashboards deliver analytics that can be viewed as granularly or high level as desired. Three key features include:

Real-Time Monitoring - Receive notifications to uncover problems and anomalies. Visualize your consumption with detailed comparisons, graphs, charts, and maps.

Control Strategies & Automation - Set up and control your equipment remotely. Manage whole building and zone/meter schedules to optimize occupant comfort and demand.

Energy Forecasting - Customize reports to identify energy savings, building performance, and forecast future efficiency or RCx projects.

Why monitoring your energy use is important

There are a multitude of positive reasons to monitor the energy and/or water used in your building. Let me put it this way, it is way more enjoyable to view your utility bills and be surprised by how much you are saving, versus how much you are spending. Think of all the ways you benefit from identifying a problem early, rather than after you have overused and overspent. Below is a list of the benefits we can think of. I bet you will find even more when you consider your specific needs and application. If you do, please call us!

Lower Energy/Water Costs - Save on HVAC, lighting, water use, and expense. This is usually the heart of any efficiency strategy. Energy monitoring allows you to see actual efficacy and identify areas of improvement, thereby informing further strategies.

Improve Tenant Comfort - Fix heating and cooling complaints. This will not only lead to happier, healthier occupants but also happier, healthier operators. 

Increase Facility Value - Higher Net Operating Income. “Smart buildings” show on average, 13% savings. When operating costs are several hundred thousand dollars, this is a significant amount back into your NOI.  

Reduce Equipment Maintenance - Optimize operation and life cycle of systems. The effects of this can go beyond general maintenance to identifying the cause of a serious malfunction, mitigating emergency situations.

Peak kW Management - Lower utility charges by managing and responding to peak kW demand. Peak shaving is a proven and growing strategy to reduce TOU charges and avoid overuse during peak hours. 

Energy monitoring in action

Green EconoME utilizes energy monitoring as a powerful tool in identifying and measuring client energy and water use. We have implemented our solution into a variety of multi-faceted retrofit projects and each has realized significant savings throughout. Combining energy monitoring with a suite of efficiency measures, Warner View Center, which was an LABBC 2020 Innovation Awards, Energy Efficiency Project of the Year Nominee, reduced electricity and gas usage by over 50%, translating into savings of nearly $1 per SqFt., and projected savings of over $100,000 annually in operating expenses. Although that is comprehensive of multiple efficiency measures, Energy360 EMS is the nerve center and is being used by Green EconoME and the building management to this day, to track and monitor use. It acts as insurance and preserves the value of the investments. 

New efficiency products and technologies emerge at a rapid pace. Energy monitoring has been used widely  and continues to stand the test of time. Now more than ever, efficiency and sustainability planning are critical. Demand is going up due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, in many cases taking reduction efforts in the wrong direction. You can listen to an enlightening conversation with our CEO, Marika Erdely, and our partners at Intech Energy about how you can use energy monitoring as an integral part of your efficiency plan and operations. Please contact us to learn more, schedule a demo, or to receive a free quote. 

If you could have a crystal ball to see into the future use, efficiency, and valuation of your property and investments, would you use it? It certainly would mitigate much of the risk and uncertainty in decision making. Well, you do have a crystal ball of sorts - in building energy modeling, or BEM. When used early in new construction or existing building retrofit design, energy modeling is an effective, low-cost way of predicting the energy consumption and performance of your building’s systems. 

What is Building Energy Modeling (BEM)?

Used largely by mechanical engineers and architects, building energy modeling is a physics-based, multipurpose software used to simulate a building and its energy use. 

Without going into the nitty-gritty, an energy modeling program uses inputs about the building, like geometry, construction materials, and system configurations. Then it takes descriptions of the building’s use and operations (actual and/or estimated) and combines input data with information about local weather and other related metrics. From here, physics equations can be used to calculate such things as thermal loads (system design), system responses (to said loads), resulting energy use, and cost.

Why is energy modeling important?

How do all these calculations translate into decision making? In essence, the value of energy based models is the visual representation of accurate, predictive data. Aka, you can play around virtually with different types of HVAC systems and see which one will work best for your specific building. When looking into each system you can discover how long it will last (life-cycle), and compare your spending and saving (cost-savings analysis). Think of being fitted for running shoes. A specialist can identify the intricacies of your foot and observe pressure points and weight distribution. Then they can recommend the best shoe based on their knowledge and your budget. What you get for this service is the proper fit for your stride, less wear to the shoe, and injury prevention, keeping you running longer.

Here are three main components BEM addresses:

Design - HVAC systems come in a complex array of sizes and components. BEM helps engineers understand and identify the proper system scale to meet the thermal load of the building. Additionally, modeling can help design control strategies. In other words, make sure the shoe fits. These key components all lead to the efficiency of the system and meet the needs of operating the building.

Cost - BEM helps decision-makers discern between up-front construction costs and operational energy costs, thereby reducing both, ideally. Factoring data and available incentives, modeling programs can also provide clear payback periods and net values. 

Codes and Standards - Collective analysis of energy models across building stock, can help utilities, municipalities and large scale organizations like the US Department of Energy develop energy efficiency programs and building codes.

The role of BEM in energy consumption and utility bills

At the property level, as outlined above, when BEM is used in the design phase of a construction or retrofit project you can implement not only an efficiently designed HVAC system but a robust, state of the art system. Next-gen modeling is helping building operations link multiple platforms for precise control and real-time consumption data, alerts, etc., leaving few surprises as far as their building’s usage. The effect is lower, predictable utility bills. Knowing what to expect out of your monthly and annual OpEx has a positive impact on annual budgeting. 

Bigger picture, energy based models are used in code compliance, green certification, and financial incentives. Additionally, the data collected from these models help inform large scale energy efficiency programs and standards. The spirit of these codes and standards is to improve the performance and reduce consumption of building stock across utility service areas, and across the country. 

Where the rubber hits the road

The US DOE Building Technologies Office (BTO), is leading the charge state-side, in the development and implementation of emerging technologies in building energy modeling. BEM experts are well-versed in these programs, along with the full suite of available software. None of it matters; however if they are not put to use as part of the design process. A 2017 USGBC article cites that approximately 20% of new construction projects are using BEM. The crystal ball shows - building energy modeling is a powerful tool toward efficiency and savings. It also shows that when used, emission reductions across the country are headed in the right direction. So lace up those running shoes and get to work. Call Green EconoME to inquire about our engineering and energy modeling services.

Resilience, public health, mental health, collaboration between the public and private sectors, science-based strategies, equity, and trust. Are we talking about the current pandemic or the Fitwel Certification System? We are talking about both. The groundswell around health and wellness at the workplace had taken hold before COVID. Now, a clear set of standards and protocols to keep people healthy is required to open doors again.

Fitwel® is the World's Leading Certification System Committed to Building Health for All™. Using evidence-based scientific research, the Fitwel system is a series of standards and strategies developed to optimize building design and operations, in support of the health and well-being of its occupants. The program is run by the Center for Active Design (CfAD), in close collaboration with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA).

Why Fitwel certification matters

As we reopen, occupant trust and safety are paramount. Fitwel certification makes transparent the strategies used to maximize their well-being. For property stakeholders, Fitwel has recently introduced the Fitwel Viral Response Module, an annual certification of policies and protocols informed by the latest public health research on mitigating the spread of infectious diseases. It offers a comprehensive methodology critical to ongoing response. 

Global pandemic aside, wellness is an important differentiator to top companies and those they employ. Talent is attracted to healthy and inspired spaces. When you provide an environment with a sense of place, amenities that cater to a healthier lifestyle, and a building with sustainable design, there are far-reaching effects. Inside, you have thriving tenants who stick. Outside, you create a positive impact on the overall wellbeing of people and the environment. When people can bike to work, emissions are reduced. When there is access to healthy food onsite, people do not get in their cars for lunch. When outdoor spaces are available, both physical and mental health improve. 

This is not conceptual. Research used by the Fitwel system shows a direct correlation between workplace design and occupant productivity and health. Temperature, air quality, lighting, and noise conditions are all factors toward performance and employee well-being. With an estimated 90% of a company's capital being its people, productivity and absenteeism matter. Additionally, disease prevention and good health can result in a positive return on healthcare spending. When a company occupies a building designed with the same goals in mind, their healthcare dollars go exponentially further.

What’s in it for me?

Investing in wellness is a sound long-term play for owners. The rising workforce is vested. According to a 2018 Global Wellness Institute report, global wellness is a $4.5 trillion economy, with a 6.4% annual growth. Workplace Wellness is a key sector, projected to grow to $66 billion in 2022. Conversely, 2018 research from the Integrated Benefits Institute (IBI), shows that illness-related lost productivity costs U.S. employers $530 billion per year. 

Used in tandem with efficiency and sustainability certifications like ENERGY STAR®, LEED, and BREEAM, you are investing in the full spectrum of building health and sustainability. FItwel extends beyond the building, to the people. It also extends beyond the commercial site, to community development. Whatever your discipline, Green EconoME can manage and deliver the full spectrum of certifications for your project.

To learn more about Fitwel for your property or community, contact us at or (424) 422–9696.

UVC. The humble workhorse of building system maintenance and a Green EconoME recommended measure, is currently in the spotlight as one of the more compelling solutions to killing the novel coronavirus. Although it has hit the mainstream as a light wand that promises to disinfect your groceries, we need to take a deeper dive into how UVC works and shine the light on its true potential: an effective and efficient strategy to mitigating the transmission of COVID-19 inside our buildings. Especially as scientific research is showing further evidence of how the coronavirus can be spread via aerosols, buildings need to have solutions to keep their occupants safe. 

What are UVC lights? How do they work?

Ultraviolet light, aka. sunshine can be divided into three sub-bands (UVA, UVB, UVC), based on wavelength. UVC radiation possesses disinfecting properties, therefore UVC lamps, or germicidal lamps are used to disinfect air, water, and nonporous surfaces. Their ability to degrade organic material is well established in both research and application (ASHRAE, Science, GSA, CDC).

UVC light works by destroying the exterior protein membrane of organic material, like breaking an egg. Doing this “deactivates”, or basically kills the pathogen. This form of radiation is proven to deactivate varied coronaviruses, including SARS-CoV which is in the same family as COVID-19. 

So, will UVC light kill the coronavirus in my buildings

Yes, when used properly. Early studies are showing promising results. As with all scientific research surrounding COVID-19, new data is emerging daily. An August 19th release from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) states, “UVC radiation may also be effective in inactivating [the virus] that causes the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). However, currently, there is limited published data about the wavelength, dose, and duration of UVC radiation required to inactivate the SARS-CoV-2 virus.” Leading data shows 254 nanometers to be the goldilocks wavelength in eliminating COVID-19 from certain materials like N-95 masks or a room, but dose and duration are still being tested. 

Yes, but is it safe?

Unfortunately, misconceptions or little understanding are still barriers to adopting UVC. It is true, having appropriate guidelines in place around mitigating the coronavirus is vital to using UVC safely. Yet, ultraviolet light has widely been used for decades, and at its core, it is safe. The two main issues are making sure your UVC system properly inactivates the virus, and of course human exposure. 254nm is dangerous to eyes and skin and direct exposure should be avoided. These types of systems should always be handled by trained professionals. Lower radiation used in wands and lamps available to the mass market may be safer to use by hand; however, consumers should be cautious about product claims and continue to use recommended cleaning measures to ensure surfaces are fully sanitized.


HVAC and Air Handling Units

UVC lights have been a favored maintenance and efficiency tool in building operations for decades. When placed downstream of air filters and above drain pans on your HVAC/handling units, the UVC light disinfects cooling coils keeping it free of microbes (mold, dirt, grime), that produce odor, reduce airflow and cooling capacity. Besides the obvious benefits of cleaning the equipment and air, the effect is a better ventilated, healthier indoor environment. This leads to increased occupant comfort and reduces the spread of infection and absenteeism. Additionally, this lower-cost measure can extend the life and efficiency of your equipment. A Pacific Gas & Electric study showed that a dirty condenser coil can increase compressor energy consumption by 30%.

Infectious Disease Control

As discussed above, UVC for ultraviolet germicidal irradiation (UVGI) is an effective tool in reducing the transmission of disease. Its uses are wide across many settings. In government facilities, UVC is used among other things, for bio-terror control (the stuff sci-fi movies are made of!). It is also used in hospitals and schools to supplement the control of contaminants like tuberculosis and staphylococcus. Across multiple studies, when combined with fans/ventilation, close to 90% of the bacteria irradiated were inactivated. 

The case for UVC lighting

Green EconoME is responding to the high demand of UVC systems, due to the urgency and guidelines for buildings to reopen. In addition to fighting off coronavirus, UVC lighting is a sound energy efficiency measure. It extends the life of your HVAC/AHU equipment, is chemical free and qualifies for LEED points in the energy and sustainability category. UVC lighting is known for its ease to install and maintain and has a low cost of ownership. To learn about Green EconoME’s UVC offering, contact us today.

Energy Disclosure in California has had a bumpy road...

AB 1103, in effect from 2014 to 2015, required all sales, refinancing, and single tenant leases of an entire building, of  10,000+ sq. ft. or more was required to disclose energy usage prior to signing of any financial contract.

In October of 2015, the California Energy Commission (CEC) decided to appeal AB 1103 because utilities struggled to access energy usage data in multi-tenant buildings due to privacy laws.  All meter rate payers own their energy usage data unless they authorize its release. Thus, building owners could not access tenant data in order to produce accurate energy disclosure reports and comply with AB 1103. Further, AB 1103 did not have enforcement mechanisms in place to even guarantee compliance. 

Enter AB 802: California’s new Energy Disclosure law. AB 802 applies to all buildings over 50,000 sq. ft., including multi-family, which were not included in AB 1103. AB 802 allows utilities to download aggregate “whole building” data, including common and tenant data, into one number, effectively eliminating any privacy law concerns. 

Although the California Energy Commission (CEC) has not sent notices to building owners requiring compliance,  AB 802 is a law, and disclosure is required on an annual basis. Unlike AB 1103, AB 802 provides for enforcement mechanisms in the form of civil penalties - up to $2000/day for each day a building owner is non-compliant.(Public Resources Code, Section 25321).

Since AB 802 is a law, it would make sense to request these energy disclosures when purchasing or leasing a building, just like any other disclosure document. 

Reach out to Green EconoME to help get your AB 802 report filed before the CEC starts enforcing.

If you own and/or operate an older building, existing inefficient equipment or a lack of new-age, sustainable solutions may be unnecessarily driving up operational costs. Here are the 6 ways to make sure you’re saving money and not throwing it out the window.

1. Get Rid Of Those Fluorescent Lights

Replace all fluorescent lights with LEDs, including all parking lot lighting. Installing LEDssave up to 20% – 30% on annual operating costs.

Lighting Retrofit Case Study

2. Install Solar Already

In addition to providing a long term energy cost reduction, you’ll also utilize the available tax benefits:

  • 26% Federal Business Energy ITC (dropping to 22% in 2021 and 10% thereafter),
  • The State of CA (MACRS) accelerated depreciation, and
  • Recently added, the 100% bonus Federal tax depreciation allows eligible entities to deduct the entire allowable tax basis of the system in the first year of operation.

Taking advantage of these tax incentives reduce the owner’s tax liability and will significantly offset the cost of a Solar PV system.  These incentives can also be applied to a roof replacement if combined into one project.

Solar PVs Case Study

3. Stop Cooling An Empty Room

Replace pneumatic thermostats with digital for higher-level control and visibility. Digital thermostats allow building owners to reduce peak demand by creating schedules around when spaces are unoccupied (holidays, non-peak hours, etc.).

Thermostat Retrofit Case Study

4. Be Smarter Than The Building

An energy management system (EMS) provides real-time monitoring, energy analytics, and wireless building control. The ability to measure a building’s energy usage on a granular level allows for better management of energy consumption and “peak demand.” An EMS provides extensive energy data history, peak load notifications, detailed usage reports, and more.

Energy Management System Case Study

5. Shield Your Internal Environment

Solar window film is applied to the interior of a window in order to control solar heat absorption. The film rejects up to 79% of solar energy and 99% of harmful UV rays.  Further, the film helps reduce glare, adding to a more comfortable office environment.

Solar Window Films Case Study

6. Protect Your Expensive Equipment

EvaporCool is a dual patented technology that pre-cools outdoor air prior to flowing through the condenser coils of an HVAC system. The pre-cooled air helps reduce the amount of work that the compressor must do to cool the air flowing inside a building. By minimizing the amount of work the compressor must do, the EvaporCool system prolongs the life of HVAC units, reduces energy usage up to 30%, and saves a significant amount in energy-related costs.

Evaporcool Case Study

Before getting started with any of these cost-saving options, we suggest having your building Benchmarked.
If you’d like to learn more about any of these cost-saving options, reach out to us at or (818) 681-5750.

In response to Covid-19, many companies have encouraged employees to work from home until further notice. The absence of tenants presents an opportunity for Commercial Office Building Owners to adjust their building’s energy output appropriately and even save money on utility bills.

Tips for Commercial Office Building Owners

Here are a few tips to ensure you don’t waste energy during this time:

  1. Make sure all lights are turned off. If lights are controlled by a timer, update the status to “Holiday” or “Unoccupied” until further notice.
  2. Turn off your thermostats.There’s no need to cool or heat unoccupied buildings.
  3. Turn off your plug-load. If you do not have a master plug-load controller, physically unplug all power cords from any active outlets.
  4. If you have solar, use this opportunity to build excess energy for utility discounts or to fill your battery.

Tips for Multi-Family Building Owners

This will have an adverse affect on Multi-Family Building Owners. Since most companies are requiring their employees to work from home, the utility bills will most likely increase. Here are some steps tenants can take to minimize the increase:

  1. Turn-off lights in unoccupied rooms. If you have not already replaced your fluorescent lights with LEDs, do so as soon as possible. LEDs do not create heat and use less energy.
  2. If possible, open a window to cool your apartment, rather than utilizing your air conditioner.
  3. Unplug any unused power cords. If an outlet is not switched off, and has a plug inserted, the outlet will still use energy.
  4. Take shorter showers. Showers should take 7 minutes or less.
  5. Turn the water off while brushing your teeth. Only turn the water on to rinse your toothbrush.
  6. Only run the dishwasher when it’s full. Use the energy-saver mode if available. Otherwise, fill the sink and wash dishes by hand.
  7. Report any water leaks. This can lead to a much larger problem.

For more tips on how to reduce utility costs CONTACT AN ENERGY SAVINGS EXPERT

Solar PV reduces operating costs & increases building’s valuation!

Why should building owners consider Solar PV installations?

  1. Solar Energy is truly renewable. The amount of energy generated by a PV system reduces both the kWh used by a building and the building’s peak KW.
  2. The cost of solar-generated energy is much lower than the cost of energy purchased from a utility.
  3. Thanks to the longevity of solar systems (appx. 25 years), a solar PV investment will allow owners to reap financial benefits for years to come.
  4. The minute the system starts operating, Net Operating Income (NOI) increases.
  5. Stop relying on others for energy by creating your own on-site energy independence.
  6. Get Net Energy Metering (NEM) credit when excess energy gets sent back to the grid.
  7. Solar Projects are eligible for the 30% Federal Investment Tax Credit (ITC). Installation of a new roof at the same time as the solar project, allows for 30% ITC on both projects.  This Tax credit is dropping to 26% on January 1, 2020.
  8. Demonstrate to your employees, neighbors, and customers that you’re serious about  “Going Green”.

Case Study on Solar PV Savings

A hotel client invested $1.4 million into Solar PV systems to provide 27% of the hotel’s energy usage. With current tax credits and accelerated bonus depreciation, the project cost was reduced by 54%. Incredible.

Consult us today and see why a Solar PV system makes sense for all the above reasons and more!!

Within typical lease structures, landlords incur capital expenses, but see none of the cost-saving benefits, when conducting an energy efficiency retrofit.  The resulting efficiency favors the tenant, who see utility costs go down. Thus, owners hesitate to invest in improving the efficiency of their buildings. This is called the “split incentive”.

But what if there was a way to provide incentives to both owners and tenants?  The solution lies in a relatively new concept called “Green Leases”, also known as energy-aligned, high-performance or energy-efficient leasing. These leases align the financial and environmental goals of the landlords and tenants to work together to save money, conserve resources and ensure the efficient operation of buildings.


A green lease incorporates energy and cost conscious clauses that benefit both building owners and  their tenants. It is important to engage stakeholders as soon as possible and gain buy-in on the outset of the leasing process. The earlier the parties communicate their sustainability goals, the higher probability the green lease language will remain in the final lease.

With Green Leases,  landlords can adopt a  “cost recovery clause”, also known as “cost pass-through” language, to amortize and recoup capital costs for energy efficiency improvements made to the building and common areas.  This allows owners to reap significant long-term savings while complying with local and state laws.

Ordinances like the City of LA’s EBEWE,  mandate minimum levels of building efficiency, meaning retrofit costs are inevitable in order to comply.


Green Lease Leaders*, an association of landlords, tenants, brokers, and energy experts, has developed a best practices breakdown of what should constitute a “green lease” for commercial, “high-performance” buildings.

Levels of Green Lease qualification are broken into two tiers.  

  1. Silver (Foundational)
  2. Gold (Implementation)

To reach the Silver-level, owners must demonstrate the development of foundational policies and practices that encourage reduced energy consumption in leased spaces.  Such policies and practices must include the following prerequisites, communicated in a standard lease or corporate guidelines:

  • Provide a sustainability contact to tenants (either at the Owner’s office or a third party consultant)
  • Implement a cost recovery clause for energy efficiency upgrades benefiting tenant (same as above)

The Gold-level Green Lease requires owners to implement at least five of the following practices, constituted in the lease:

  • Track common area energy use
  • Track common area water use
  • Disclose whole-building ENERGY STAR score to tenants annually
  • Ensure brokers have energy training
  • Implement landlord energy management best practices
  • Require tenants to purchase on-site renewables if offered by landlord and competitively priced
  • Meter tenant spaces that are greater than 5,000 sf
  • Request annual tenant energy disclosure
  • Request minimum energy efficiency fit-out for tenants
  • Demonstrate innovation in leasing

Owners with existing leases not imminently up for renewal can still qualify and be recognized for a Green Lease policy so long as such Green Lease requirements are met in all negotiations going forward.

Energy Benchmarking measures and reports the energy performance of a given building, ensuring compliance with local and state laws.  It also allows for performance comparisons to other benchmarked buildings of a similar size, occupancy and climate.


Benchmarking via the ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager software is required by both city and state-wide legislature. Cities such as, Los Angeles (EBEWE), San Francisco, and Berkeley have all enacted ordinances requiring commercial and multi-family buildings to conduct an energy audit and report their annual energy usage. Most recently, the State of California has renewed a new energy disclosure law, AB 802, formerly known as AB 1103, requiring annual energy disclosure.


Research shows that commercial buildings waste 30% of their energy. Building energy benchmarking empowers its owners by revealing crucial energy use data, pinpointing areas of potential efficiency improvement and cost savings. Such transparency allows owners to remain competitive and to take specific action to increase the longevity of building systems.

Owners who have benchmarked their buildings are more inclined to focus on energy efficiency and have consistently reduced their energy use by an average of 2.4% per year.


Benchmarking is available for 21 different types of facilities and produces an Energy Star Score between 1 and 100, with 100 being the most energy efficiency. The process also calculates the Site and Source Energy Use Intensity (EUI) of the building and compares it against the National Median of CBECS data*. When comparing these scores against similar building types/uses in the software, building owners begin to understand how this performance stands in regards to energy and water efficiency. Owners can take specific steps to mitigate energy shortfalls and improve efficiency, resulting in a higher net operating income.

*  Also known as Commercial Buildings Energy Consumption Survey using 2012 survey data.


In addition to supplying current snapshots of a building’s energy use, energy benchmarking yields data on past use as well, giving light to patterns of use over time.

Such a window grants owners the viewpoint to make smarter decisions about energy efficiency solutions and energy management and to optimize capital investments into energy-efficient technologies going forward.

Consistent energy benchmarking provides valuable insight as to the building’s performance over time which provides data for decision-making.


Getting started with benchmarking can often be the biggest hurdle.

Contact Green EconoME to begin the benchmarking process, or to find out more. We have benchmarked over 1400 buildings.