Energy-Gauge

How It Can Help You

Climate-Based Building Energy Benchmarking Software

Energy Managers

  • Go beyond simple end-use consumption benchmarking
  • Create a standardized score to compare buildings of different types
  • Trend your scores to estimate how much you're improving

Contractors

  • Help clients identify which buildings are most in need of energy upgrades
  • Generate baseline benchmark scores to trend project initiatives
  • Simple yet effective method to demonstrate when energy projects are needed

Facility Owners

  • Understand how your different buildings stack up against one another
  • Easily compare benchmarks across building types and locations
  • Simplify your energy reporting metrics to a single standardized score

How It Works

Energy-Gauge starts by a user defining a particular building for a few key inputs such as building type (e.g., hospital, office, school etc.), square footage, occupancy, and location. Next the user creates a benchmark by defining a total energy usage across a 12 month period. Using the building parameters, Energy-Gauge simulates building energy consumption using modeling parameters synthesized from sources like weather stations, ASHRAE design criteria, EPA/Energy Star data, and EIA CBECS information to compare the stated 12 month energy consumption to the model. The result is a 0-100 score that is normalized across information such as building size, occupancy, usage, and climate/location.

Example Comparing Different Building Types

NameBuilding TypeZip CodeBtu/Sq.Ft.Benchmark Score
RestaurantFamily Dining4812725,00093.92
Local InnHotel4812725,00040.92

In the example above, we have two different types of buildings: one hotel and one dining, both in the same geographic location with the same occupancy schedule. If we look at the common metric of energy intensity alone, we might surmise that both are equally energy efficient. This would make it quite difficult to prioritize our efforts. However, once we use Energy-Gauge to normalize this score for building type, we can clearly see that the restaurant is quite energy efficient and the hotel could have some room for improvement. Using Energy-Gauge we now know that the hotel would be the best place to focus our future efforts.

Example Comparing Different Building Locations

NameBuilding TypeZip CodeBtu/Sq.Ft.Benchmark Score
Portland BuildingMultiple Family9720335,00056.28
Miami BuildingMultiple Family3310135,00078.25

Again, looking at the example of two buildings with the same type and energy intensity one might assume that they are roughly equivalent in energy efficiency. However, upon inspection of a standardized score produced by the Energy-Gauge software that factors in geographic location, it becomes clear that the building in Miami is performing better than the one in Portland. This gives us valuable information so that we can focus our efforts on the Portland building to improve its performance.

How To Access:

Access to benchmark tracking for up to 3 buildings is provided by our free membership

Access to benchmark tracking for up to 1,000 buildings is provided by our premium subscription