Green Building United builds on this increased awareness around energy use, supporting energy efficiency in the building sector with trainings on benchmarking, behavior change, improved operations, and strategic capital investments.
Reductions in energy consumption result in lowered costs and carbon emissions, creating a healthier and more prosperous region.
Green Building United is seeking building owners and managers interested in gaining insights from their monthly utility data and measuring performance relative to buildings similar in size and use. Research shows, simply monitoring energy use and sharing performance over time results in significant savings. This pilot will provide free benchmarking support for 5-10 eligible commercial property owners in Delaware.
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The visualization tool provides building-level energy performance data for the last three calendar years for the nearly 2,800 buildings required to report utility information as part of Philadelphia’s energy benchmarking law. The chart and map tools are interactive and allow visualizing building energy performance comparisons throughout the city.
Green Building United is managing the Philadelphia Building Energy Benchmarking Program on behalf of the City of Philadelphia's Office of Sustainability. Green Building United ensures that building owners and managers comply with the law by providing technical support for ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager – the free data management tool that owners use to share their data with the City.
Deadline to submit your report: June 30th, 2020
ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager will be updating the metrics used to compute ENERGY STAR scores on August 26th, 2018. Read this fact sheet to learn more about these changes.
In 2019, the Office of Sustainability and Green Building United released a report analyzing the performance of benchmarked properties over the lifetime of the program and provided summary statistics on 2018 energy and water use data. The results show that, since 2013, Philadelphia’s benchmarked buildings have demonstrated a 5% reduction in overall energy use and over half of all buildings reported every year have achieved energy savings.
The Hub is a searchable database of energy efficiency and sustainability companies that provide services throughout Green Building United's region.
Whether you're interested in energy benchmarking assistance for your commercial building or a residential home energy audit, this database connects users to the appropriate green providers to meet their project needs.
Sustainable service providers are encouraged to list their businesses in the database.
The Hub has recently been updated to create a more user-friendly interface to thanks to the generous support of City Energy Project.
Green Building United provides building operator trainings to operations and maintenance staff, building management, and offsite contractors. The course offerings teach participants how to operate buildings more efficiently to save energy and to reduce operating costs.
The Philadelphia Building Energy Benchmarking Program aligns with the Philadelphia 2030 District, an initiative led by Green Building United to reduce energy and water use as well as transportation emissions 50% by 2030. The Philadelphia 2030 District seeks to turn the abundance of building performance data into measurable actions.