Specify the peer group dataset you wish to benchmark against. Take time to make selections that ensure you are comparing your building to others most like it.

There are two components to your selection.  First you’ll filter by geography (either US—with choices of sub-regions—or California).  Next you’ll select the type(s) of buildings you want included in the peer group.

Filtering Rules

The US and California collections are the "core" datasets.  They are robust, have high-quality data, and are statistically representative of the building stocks in their respective geographies. They come from the CBECS and CEUS databases, respectively. They may not be used in combination because the underlying data definitions are not compatible.

You can specify any combination of the three options on this row.

The selection labeled “A representative sample of buildings” will use buildings from the geography specified on the previous row (“Filtering Rules”).

Benchmarking Peer Group

The selection labeled “Other EnergyIQ users” dataset is comprised of all buildings entered by EnergyIQ users. It is a sample of convenience and thus not statistically representative of the overall building stock. These data do not pass through a third-party verification process. However, there are other reasons that selecting these groups may be beneficial, most notably that the types of buildings of interest may be more closely aligned with your own benchmarking objectives. When you specify “My own buildings” only the subset of EnergyIQ user buildings that you entered will be included.

Because of differing data definitions, if you opt to include the EnergyIQ user dataset and/or your own buildings in the composite peer group dataset, the buildings thus added will be limited to those associated with the U.S. (CBECS) or California (CEUS) datasets as they were originally entered in the My Buildings section. This will be implemented according to which radio button choice was selected on the “Filtering Rules” row.



Choose whether to benchmark based on Energy Metrics OR Features. If you choose Energy, you must pick a metric AND a normalizing parameter.

There are 19 metrics to choose from for California buildings (CEUS peer group) and 18 metrics to choose from for buildings elsewhere in the U.S. (CBECS peer group). Metrics include whole-building energy intensities or peak demand, end-use breakouts by energy type, specific end-use intensity breakouts.

Features benchmarks tell you what kind of construction, systems, and operation your peer-group buildings have. There are 85 features that you can benchmark for California and 14 features for other areas. Using this type of benchmarking, you can learn how common various features are within the peer group population.


Use these filters to set the characteristics of the peer group you would like to include in the benchmarking process. Keep in mind that your peer group will become more specific (but also smaller) as you tighten your filter settings.

Tip: Try starting by selecting your facility type (e.g. Office) and select all options for remaining filters. The resulting chart will show how many other buildings there are of your type in the database. You can then go back to tighten your filter settings to narrow the range of other buildings to which you are comparing your building.

Floor Area is the range of gross external floor area of the buildings in your peer group. As the metric may already be normalized by square footage, your range here can be broad. Limit the range only to help filter out buildings that may behave differently than yours because of their size (e.g., less lighting load because all one floor).

Hours of Operation refers to the weekly hours that the facility is open to the public or when main staff is on site.

Vintage is the year of construction or last major renovation. Vintage is in ranges, such as 1901-1940. You can select one or more vintage ranges. If major renovation has been performed on your building, use that year rather than date of original construction as your reference vintage.

Occupancy Type is a filter available only in the U.S. (CBECS) dataset and is used to to distinguish between government owned or operated buildings and private buildings.

Location is by geography in the U.S. (CEUS) and California (CBECS) datasets, or by climate regions in CBECS and dataset. You can select one or more locations but may not combine geographic locations with climate regions. For all datasets there is a MAP link in each menu.

Building Status is only available for EnergyIQ user-entered buildings. If you don't want to benchmark against hypothetical buildings that were entered as a means of testing or design, only select Existing Building.

Building Certification is the accredited third-party certification or label awarded to EnergyIQ-entered buildings. EnergyIQ does not ensure the validity of these certificates but users are encouraged to enter accurate information.

Building Type: You can make multiple selections. For example, you might want to compare your college building with Schools, Offices, and Public Assembly buildings. You can de-select sub-types if appropriate, but note that it will reduce the size of your peer group.