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Benchmarking & Disclosure

Many companies have begun to take a proactive approach to managing facility energy use by benchmarking building performance data against peer buildings. The most commonly used tool is the EPA’s Portfolio Manager. 

There are many reasons to benchmark building energy performance, including:

  • Compliance with state or local laws that may require energy use disclosure
  • Compliance with disclosure requirements as part of a building transaction
  • Participation in portfolio sustainability indexes such as the Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB)
  • Participation in the Energy Star and LEED programs
  • Identification of poorly performing buildings as part of a capital expense study
  • Identification of well performing buildings as part of a marketing campaign

Oftentimes, benchmarking is the first step in the energy audit process and allows a high level view of the energy improvement potential or a particular building.