The Benefits of Benchmarking Building Performance
Type Policy Brief or Report
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Policy Areas Community Development, Energy, Environment & Natural Resources, Public Spaces
It is relatively easy to make the connection that tracking and disclosing a building's energy usage will promote energy savings, but in fact, there are many other benefits that go far beyond simply kilowatt hours. While benchmarking brings building owners' attention to energy efficiency, resulting in behavioral and operational changes that spur immediate and low-cost reductions in energy consumption, these policies also provide the opportunity for increased government efficiency, job creation, and economic and environmental health.