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Features benchmarking

Most benchmarking methods focus strictly on using whole-building energy use to develop figures of merit. EnergyIQ accepts end-use energy data and also employs what we refer to as “features benchmarking.” The premise is that there is value in benchmarking the presence or absence of certain features in a binary or qualitative fashion. Features benchmarking can also be based on equipment efficiencies (e.g. kW/ton) or product categories (e.g. types of lighting control), where data are available. With this information, correlations between features and energy intensities are used to help identify promising actions.

The CEUS was remarkably detailed in documenting building features and operational characteristics, with 92 features available for ranking. CBECS has a smaller range, with only 14 features available. EnergyIQ allows for the user to aggregate results by count or by weight. User buildings may not be directly entered for comparison in the feature graphics, but allows the user to identify the efficiency characteristics of specific systems, components, and operational factors.