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. Learn more about FirstView with the following resources:

FirstView Diagram

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

How to Access Firstview

NBI maintains two separate versions of FirstView. There is a subscription-based online tool that allows users to input their own building information and quickly obtain fully automatic analysis results online. All NBI sponsors have access to the tool and others may purchase access here.

Access FirstView

NBI also provides custom analysis services and portfolio evaluations using a more complex and customized backend version. For more information contact us at [email protected].

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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.