Energy Benchmarking

“You can’t manage what you don’t measure.” That old adage certainly applies to commercial and industrial energy use. Benchmarking is a great first step toward managing energy costs in your buildings. It is a growing trend as more cities require commercial building owners to measure and report energy usage.

Energy Insight, Inc., has years of experience in energy benchmarking. Our professional energy engineers and analysts use a variety of tools to help commercial and industrial customers better understand, track, and improve how their buildings use energy.

One of the most popular is ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager®, a powerful platform that allows users to compare a building’s energy performance to similar facilities across the country—normalized for weather and other factors to ensure apples-to-apples comparisons.

ENERGY STAR® benchmarking establishes a baseline of energy usage, identifies potential conservation opportunities, and measures progress over time. Buildings that achieve the goal of performing better than 75 percent of similar facilities nationwide qualify for ENERGY STAR certification. Studies have shown that ENERGY STAR-certified buildings have lower operating costs, contribute fewer greenhouse gas emissions, have increased property values, and command higher rental rates. (Energy Insight’s own facility is ENERGY STAR® certified.)

Energy Insight also is well versed in Minnesota B3 Benchmarking, the Minnesota Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building standards, and the International Green Construction Code (IGCC) powered by ASHRAE standard 189.1.

Senior Energy Engineer Tanuj Gulati is a Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (MEEA) Building Operator Certification (BOC) Level I authorized technical presenter in “Measuring and Benchmarking Energy Performance.” Contact Tanuj at to learn more about the benchmarking process and make it a part of your energy management strategy.