Benchmarking/EUI Only a Starting Point for Analyzing a Building’s EE Potential

Why ENERGY STAR and EUI Are Not the Answer

EnergyBiz, August 25, 2014

Tools like ENERGY STAR’s Portfolio Manager and accompanying benchmarks like energy use intensity (EUI) have long been the most common way to target energy efficiency opportunities in commercial building portfolios. But, while both are easily accessible and provide well-recognized starting points to compare buildings’ efficiency, they are only that – a starting point.

Utilities, energy service providers, and building owners face increasingly stringent mandates to reduce building energy consumption and cut energy costs. The key to meeting these mandates is knowing which buildings in a portfolio to target and how to prioritize them.

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