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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 STARTM 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