Benchmarking Jam

Energy benchmarking is the process of measuring how much energy your building consumes, and comparing your energy performance to similar buildings. Benchmarking is the first step toward saving energy and money!

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager is an online, interactive energy management tool that allows you to measure and track your building’s energy and water consumption, identify investment priorities, and verify improvements over time. All buildings benefit from benchmarking: businesses, schools, congregations, non-profits and local governments are encouraged to attend.

Agenda

  • Welcome
  • Congregational Case Study: A local house of worship will share their experience benchmarking and reducing their energy use.
  • You’ve Benchmarked, Now What? We will discuss how building owners can use their benchmarking results to inform plans to reduce energy consumption and local
  • Hands-On Help Session: Get hands-on assistance using the free, online ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool.

In order for this event to be a success, each building representative should bring:

  • Laptop or Tablet
  • The building street address, year built, and contact information.
  • Gross Floor Area (square feet)
  • Energy Use Data
    • Attendees will need at least 12 consecutive months of utility bills for all fuel types used in the building. Bring the number of units of each energy type used, not just the dollar amount of the utility fee.
    • Historical energy use data can be downloaded on the Ameren Missouri and Laclede Gas websites with an online account.
    • Ameren Missouri and Laclede Gas have offered to provide Benchmarking Jam attendees with their historical energy use data. Scroll down to see the information you must provide to receive assistance. Requests are due to Johanna Schweiss by 11:59 pm on Sunday, November 20th.
  • Property Use Details: Additional required information varies by building type. See the list below.

WHEN
Wednesday, November 30th, 4:00 – 6:00 pm

WHERE
Missouri Botanical Garden’s Commerce Bank Center for Science Education,
4651 Shaw Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63110 

FEE
Free to all.

REGISTER: Click here to register as a participant or a volunteer

VOLUNTEER: Volunteers at the Benchmarking Blitz will support building representatives to use ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager. Experience with the free, online tool is required. To participate, select “Benchmarking Volunteer” when registering. Participants can self-report their participation for 2 GBCI CE hours in the volunteer category.

QUESTIONS? Contact USGBC-Missouri Gateway staff at usgbc-mogateway@mobot.org or (314) 577-0884.

 


Assistance with Data Collection

Ameren Missouri and Laclede Gas have offered to provide Benchmarking Jam attendees with their historical energy use data. Provide the information below to Johanna Schweiss by 11:59 pm on Sunday, November 20 to receive assistance.

  • Building Name
  • Laclede Gas and Ameren Missouri Service Addresses
  • All Ameren Missouri Account Numbers associated with the building
  • All Laclede Gas Account Numbers associated with the building
  • Signed data release letters to Laclede Gas and Ameren Missouri on customer’s letterhead (templates available online here: Ameren Missouri, Laclede Gas)

 


Property Use Details needed for ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager

College/University:

  • Gross floor area (square feet)
  • Weekly operating hours
  • Enrollment
  • Number of Full Time Equivalent (FTE) workers
  • Number of computers

House of Worship:

  • Gross floor area (square feet)
  • Maximum seating capacity
  • Weekdays of operation
  • Hours of operations per week
  • Number of personal computers
  • Presence of cooking facilities (yes/no)
  • Number of commercial refrigeration/freezer units

K-12 Schools:

  • Gross floor area (square feet)
  • Gymnasium floor area (square feet)
  • High school – yes/no
  • Number of workers on main shift
  • Student seating capacity
  • Months in use
  • Open weekends – yes/no
  • Number of personal computers
  • On-site cooking – yes/no
  • Number of walk-in refrigeration/freezer units
  • Percent of floor area that is cooled in 10% increments (10%, 20%, 30%, etc)
  • Percent of floor area that is heated in 10% increments (10%, 20%, 30%, etc)

Office:

  • Gross floor area (square feet)
  • Weekly operating hours
  • Number of workers on main shift
  • Number of personal computers
  • Percent of floor area that is cooled (>50%, <50%, or none)
  • Percent of floor area that is heated (>50%, <50%, or none)

Restaurant:

  • Gross Floor Area (square feet)
  • Weekly operating hours
  • Number of workers on main shift
  • Number of computers

All other building types should refer to this list

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