My Buildings

OVERVIEW

Your account has been pre-loaded with five sample buildings to allow you to see how the system works before adding buildings of your own. These sample buildings can be deleted at any time. To add buildings of your own, click on "Add a Building".

You can also import buildings you have previously entered into Portfolio Manager, an interactive energy management tool from the ENERGY STAR Buildings Program that allows you to track energy and water consumption across your entire portfolio of buildings. EnergyIQ links your existing Portfolio Manager account to your EnergyIQ account to greatly reduce data-entry time. Follow the steps outlined here to link to Portfolio Manager. EnergyIQ will not automatically import your data when it changes in Portfolio Manager; you must submit a new import request to do so.

To change or disconnect your portfolio manager account, go to MY INFO where you will see a field for your Portfolio Manager User ID. You can delete your ID to disconnect your account, or you may change your connection to a different ID. You must enter your EnergyIQ password to authorize this change.

Buildings that have been imported will remain in your EnergyIQ profile, if you wish to delete those you can do so from this screen by selecting the buildings and then clicking on the green Delete button.

If you use our system to import data from Portfolio Manager, your inputs for Certification, Hours Occupied, Building Type, and Building Status will be updated each time you do an import. You can always revise those values by visiting the My Buildings tab.


BUILDING DETAILS

If you are creating a new building, you will be prompted through a series of steps that will enable you to enter the required information and characteristics. If you have previously gone through these steps you may skip directly to the section you wish to edit by selecting the appropriate tab.

This first step is the Building Details, capturing basic information about the location, size, vintage, and occupancy, as well as additional occupancy and characteristic information that will enable filtering for benchmarking against the EnergyIQ user dataset. EnergyIQ does not validate or cleanse any of the user-entered data, so it is important that users enter the most accurate information possible to maintain the quality of the dataset.

The next step is Peer Group. There you will designate the peer group of core dataset buildings that best represent your building. Followed by the third step, Features, where you may enter as much information you know about the equipment and construction features of your building. The fourth step is Energy Use, where you can store the annual energy profile of your building. And last is the Targets step. Targets are used to help track the performance of your building against user-specified goals.


PEER GROUP

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.


FEATURES

EnergyIQ uses information about your building to help generate lists of potential energy retrofits and to make benchmarking to your peers more relevant. Entering the optional information on this form will enable EnergyIQ to give you more (and more relevant) recommendations. If you find that your building has a mix of features (e.g., lighting types), list the most predominant ones. You can also download a blank form of this screen to fill out on-site or by an auditor. Click on Download Blank Form link below the Save button.


ENERGY USE

Click on "Add Energy Use Period" to define all energy use streams in one annual billing period.

Edit and existing period by clicking on the dates, here you may also add a new energy stream to an existing period. You can swap through energy periods using the purple arrows on either side.

Remember that billing periods are not allowed to overlap. Edit billing periods in chronological order to avoid overlapping errors.

Lastly, it is the user's responsibility to enter ALL of the given building's energy use streams. Not doing so will inaccurately under-estimate total consumption, leading to benchmark results that make the building appear to be less energy-intensive than it in fact is.


TARGETS

Performance targets for each metric are automatically defaulted to the lowest 25th percentile (lowest energy intensity) of the peer group you selected for this building. You may overwrite these targets at any time with your own goals. Your progress towards meeting these targets will be displayed in the TRACK section.

 

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