Building energy benchmarking
Benchmarking is a tool that allows municipalities to track progress on building energy performance over time as well as make comparisons to surrounding and similar buildings.
Conduct regular energy efficiency audits on buildings and assess overall performance in the geography.
Considerations for Use
Partnerships with utility providers can support data collection. Municipalities typically target larger buildings for reporting requirements.
Climate:Cold, Hot/Dry, Hot/Humid, Temperate
Policy Levers:MandateMandates are government regulations that require stakeholders to meet standards through building codes, ordinances, zoning policies, or other regulatory tools.
Trigger Points:No-regrets actions (low cost/low effort but substantial benefit)Interventions that are relatively low-cost and low effort (in terms of requisite dependencies) but have substantial environmental and/or social benefits.
Intervention Types:Buildings and Built Form
Sectors:Buildings, Public Works
Target Beneficiaries:Property owners, Residents
Phase of Impact:Risk reduction and mitigation
Metrics:Energy use by area, building, and use
Authority and Governance:City government
Implementation Timeline:Medium-term (3-9 Years)
Implementation Stakeholders:City government, Industry, Private developers, Property owners and managers
Funding Sources:Public investment
Capacity to Act:High, Medium
Co-benefits (Climate/Environmental):Reduce greenhouse gas emissions