Continuing discussions started at MEEA’s Benchmarking ‘Pre-Conference’ event, a prelude to our 4th Annual Midwest Building Energy Codes Conference, this one hour webinar highlighted some of the free energy tracking tools currently available to municipal, state, and private building owners. With such support structures in place, time invested by building owners and managers is shortened and accuracy of analysis is heightened.
Kevin Bricknell and Matthew Haak highlighted automated energy data disclosure - a method where utility consumption data can be moved electronically from utility database to building owner selected tool (such as Energy Star Portfolio Manager). They used a live demonstration to showcase their currently available tool and explain why ComEd decided to make this resource available to their customers.
Elena Alschuler explained the DOE Building Performance Database (BPD) – a platform for comparing energy performance between tens of thousands of commercial and residential buildings from across the country. She showed how building owners, managers, and designers can use this tool to identify and prioritize cost-saving energy efficiency improvements and assess the range of likely savings from these improvements.