Buildings consume approximately 40 percent of total energy use in the United States. Energy efficiency is an easy way to save dollars, but how does one decide where to make efficiency improvements? Through strategic planning, building managers can use public funds effectively to make public buildings more energy efficient.
Benchmarking identifies potential energy savings by comparing the current buildings’ energy use to an energy code compliant building. This increases awareness and helps building managers obtain information about the status and trend of Iowa’s building energy use. By making energy performance measureable and visible, building managers and organizations can take actions to improve the efficiency of buildings by identifying where weaknesses lie and allocating dollars to those projects.