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OPERATIONAL EXCELLENCE


Measuring Energy Use Nets Benefits,


Even When It’s Not Mandatory By Sara Wildberger


M


ore dots on the map have ap- peared since this publication last looked at mandatory building


energy benchmarking policies, in 2018. Some have moved beyond benchmarking to requiring performance targets. But as much as the word “mandatory”


may make you gulp, energy and water benchmarking itself is relatively easy. “It helps you answer the questions, how are we doing? and how do we know?,” as the ENERGY STAR website puts it.


In fact, ENERGY STAR says a new user


could benchmark a community in one-to- two hours, depending on the type of com- munity and your data records. And the tools for benchmarking are free.


When you use ENERGY STAR’s Portfo- lio Manager tool, you’ll be benchmarking according to industry standards. No matter where your community is located or what policies apply, you’ll have the benchmarking foundation if you use Portfolio Manager (portfoliomanager.zendesk.com).


Benchmarking Update Seattle Portland Minneapolis


Des Moines Edina


Berkley Francisco San San Jose Los Angeles San Diego Atlanta Reno, NV Salt Lake City Boulder Denver


Kansas City, MO


St. Louis Fort Collins Evanston Pittsburgh Chicago NJ


Philadelphia New York City


Montgomery Co., MD Washington, DC


Portland


South Portland


Cambridge Boston


On top of this, the benefits of bench-


marking provide good reason to do it even before you have to. With Portfolio Manager, says ENERGY STAR, you can: • Manage energy and water consumption for any building


• Compare your energy and water perfor- mance to similar buildings


• Measure your carbon footprint • Set investment priorities • Verify and track savings • Share and report performance


Austin Orlando


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This graphic displays which U.S. cities, counties, and states have adopted mandatory building energy benchmarking and transparency policies for existing buildings.Updated June 2019.


28 SENIOR LIVING EXECUTIVE JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2020


Public, commercial, and multifamily building benchmarking policy adopted Public and commerical building benchmarking policy adopted Public buildings benchmarked


Source: BuildingRating.org offers in-depth information about each jurisdiction’s policies and programs and provides interactive features to compare policies. BuildingRating.org is maintained by the Institute for Market Transformation (IMT). ©Copyright 2019 Institute for Marketing Transformation.


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