Five Ways To Begin Energy Benchmarking

Published by Facility Executive Magazine: You may think your building operations reflect a green building approach, but how do you know what is happening on a month to month basis? Energy benchmarking is the ongoing monthly review of energy performance to determine if a building’s operation is better or worse in comparison to itself, other buildings in a given portfolio, and/or peer operations. One of five critical areas mentioned in this article is diagnostic software. FirstView™ software and services are tools that enable building owners, energy-efficiency professionals, and designers to extract more targeted and useful energy-performance information from basic data inputs. Developed by New Buildings Institute (NBI) 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.

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