Wow, we are now 32 days into the government shutdown, meaning we have been without Energy Star Portfolio Manager (ESPM) for a month. Ugh. That creates challenges for managing portfolio clients that use building scores to track building performance. With no end in sight I wanted to ensure our industry is aware of a viable alternative.
Benchmarking has become universally accepted as a logical and efficient first step in assessing a building’s energy efficiency. For many of our clients it has become an effective way of engaging sales in the front end of the energy services delivery process. Benchmarking provides an indication of relative performance among common building types as well as total energy spend. Often used in the survey process of both service contract and equipment upgrade sales, it is a great way to quickly qualify buildings in the commercial environment.
While there are many different types of benchmarking tools available, Energy Star’s Portfolio Manager (ESPM) is the predominant tool used for this function. Its breadth of buildings, years of existence and the power of its data normalization combine to make it the “go to” tool for our industry.
However, like any tool, it has its limitations. Over time we saw patterns of sales adoption of the benchmarking process.