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What is Benchmarking?

Energy performance benchmarking is simply a process for comparing one building’s energy performance against thousands of similar buildings across the United States.  The benchmarking process compensates for several different types of variables such as:

Once these variables have been accounted for (normalized) a comparison can be made to similar buildings from across the country and a ranking of energy performance can be determined.

Why use ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager?

ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager is an energy management tool created to help building owners and property managers track and access energy and water consumption for a single building or an entire portfolio of buildings.  Portfolio Manager can help identify under-performing buildings, allow informed decision-making about where to invest in energy efficiency and verify the impact of those investments.

Portfolio Manager helps organize the benchmarking process and generates several standardize reports including:

For San Francisco properties owners:

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Helpful Information

IMT: Overview on Building Energy Performance Benchmarking and Disclosure

ENERGY STAR: Buildings & Plants

ENERGY STAR: Portfolio Manager