User interface

The EnergyIQ website has four modules.  The first supports the benchmarking process to compare your building to its peers. The second identifies energy-efficiency upgrades that may be appropriate for your building.  The third provides a dashboard where you can save benchmark charts and quickly compare results for the various buildings in your portfolio.  The fourth allows you define and store information and energy use data for your buildings.

Visual Browsing and Selective Benchmarking

EnergyIQ speeds the user’s path to useful results by allowing the user to visually browse a wide variety of metrics and visualizations generated dynamically based on the peer-group data via the web interface. For any view, the user has the option to enter the data necessary to map their own building onto that view. This contributes to the “action-oriented” philosophy of the tool requiring the user to enter only the data necessary to get the analysis they seek and metrics that have meaning for their particular situation.

Customized Peer Groups via User-driven Database Filters
Users always immediately receive results when they enter such data. The user can filter the data at any point by building type (62 options), location, vintage, floor area, and/or size. The user can describe portfolios of buildings and evaluate them individually or in aggregate. The tool accommodates databases in addition to CEUS, and the user has the option to include them as peer groups (as well as the results from other users of the tool) against which to compare their own buildings.

An Array of Display Options
EnergyIQ allows users to specify metrics of their choice, in terms of energy quantities, costs, or greenhouse-gas emissions. Energy-related views and metrics include total energy use, electricity, or fuel, at the whole building and end-use level. Peak demand is also an optional metric, and one not typically included in benchmarking tools. A diversity of characteristics can be viewed, such as lighting type, HVAC equipment, and plug loads. Four general categories of graphical presentation are used: simple summaries such as tables, frequency distributions (quartiles, ranked, histogram, or scatter diagrams), and conventional bar charts visualizing an indicator such as equipment efficiencies.