Building Energy Management: Using Data as a Tool
Commercial building owners spend 30 percent of their operating budgets on energy. They can lower these costs significantly – while reducing carbon emissions and improving occupant comfort – by collecting and analyzing energy data and using it to inform operating decisions.
Today’s buildings can have intelligent devices and advanced, integrated systems that generate significant real-time or near-real-time data on energy usage and occupancy. Increasingly sophisticated data presents great opportunities to improve energy management and operating practices, provided the data is analyzed consistently and communicated effectively to building decision-makers and users.
Among its benefits, building data can help owners analyze trends, benchmark performance against similar buildings, forecast energy usage, decide where and how much to invest in efficiency improvements, and accurately measure energy project costs and benefits.
As a resource on the use of energy data, consult the Energy Information Handbook: Applications for Energy-Efficient Buildings Operations, released by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and U.S. Department of Energy.
Read the Issue Brief: Using Data as a Tool.
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