Municipal Energy Benchmarking

WHAT IS ENERGY BENCHMARKING? 

Energy benchmarking is the process of measuring a building’s energy use over time. This allows owners and occupants to understand their building’s energy performance relative to similar buildings and helps identify opportunities to cut energy waste. Buildings are one of a city’s most important assets. Benchmarking data provides unparalleled insight into how buildings perform, enabling more informed investment decisions. 

HISTORY IN SARATOGA SPRINGS 

On June 19, 2017, the City Council unanimously passed a resolution to adopt the energy benchmarking for certain municipal buildings. The energy benchmarking resolution requires the City to report the energy use of municipal buildings on an annual basis, including City Hall, Senior Center, Canfield Casino, Arts Council Building, Putnam Street Parking Deck, etc. CDPRC has agreed to assist the Town with uploading the energy use data into Energy Star Portfolio Manager. Annually, the City posts the statistics of energy consumption within the municipal buildings on the City’s website.

Benchmarking

SOURCE: Institute for Market Transformation 

To complete the energy benchmarking, the City uses the ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager. This tool is currently used by over 40 percent of U.S. commercial building — making it the industry-leading benchmarking tool. The City of Saratoga Springs now has joined with more than half of the Fortune 100®, half of the largest U.S. healthcare organizations, major league sports teams, colleges and universities, and entire cities who measure energy performance of their building’s over time, relative to other similar buildings, or to modeled simulations of a reference building built to a specific standard (such as an energy code).

Saratoga Springs Energy Benchmarking Report:

  1. EPA Portfolio March 2019 Summary