Online Tool / December 19, 2015 / Advanced Buildings, Outcome-Based Performance

FirstView® software and services enable building owners, energy efficiency professionals and designers to extract more targeted and useful energy performance information from basic data inputs. With monthly utility bills and a few building characteristics a building energy model can be created that can quickly diagnose opportunities for improvement and compare a building’s performance against peers. Purchasing this product will grant you access to the FirstView web tool for a certain number of building analyses (you can adjust the quantities of each package on the next page). Your access to the web tool also includes one hour of customized training and support. If you are interested in more than 25 building analyses please contact

Why FirstView?

The majority of commercial buildings have little or no readily available feedback on energy performance. Utility bills provide some insight, but their potential to target particular areas for energy savings is limited. Currently, other tools provide only general benchmarking information or require extensive data input. Developed by New Buildings Institute and tested on thousands of buildings, the FirstView tool automatically creates a simplified building energy model that can quickly diagnose opportunities for improvement and automatically compare a building’s performance against peers. Using only monthly utility bills and a few building characteristics, NBI’s FirstView software and services can help move beyond a static benchmarking score allowing you to invest audit resources where they will be most effective. FirstView is now also available for multifamily buildings.

FirstView Software and Services Overview

Understanding the FirstView Tool’s Results

Sample FirstView Report – Office Building

Sample FirstView Report – Portfolio Analysis

Frequently Asked Questions and Answers

Case Studies of Applications for FirstView Software and Services

Several organizations and companies have utilized NBI’s FirstView software and services to analyze building energy performance, including U.S. Green Building Council’s Building Performance Partnership program, the California Energy Commission’s PIER Program and StopWaste.ORG. Read More

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FirstView™ development was supported from the California Energy Commission’s Public Interest Energy Research (PIER) Program, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Kresge Foundation. Initial support was also provided by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.


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