Insights for green buildings from utility submetering systems
Updated on February 11th, 2021
Green buildings require actionable insights to stay greenUtility submetering systems, part of a Green or LEED strategy, can be used to effectively manage consumption in ongoing building operations leading to conserving behaviors and cost savings. When meter data is readily available to all stakeholders – authorized LEED consultants, accounting, building operators and tenants – better, more sustainable management of utilities will result. The right energy management tools will provide insights for your green building, allowing your building operators to identify poor energy performance, take action, and evaluate savings. Tenants will see their consumption and through a user pays system, adopt energy efficient habits.
Green utility management through submetering:
- Utility submetering systems should be designed as one multi-utility system (electricity, water, gas, thermal).
- Ensure operations staff understands the building energy management tools
- Use meter data reporting to benchmark; monitor your baselines against actual usage, track your building’s performance over time, and against other similar buildings in your portfolio.
- Identify problem areas, plan for improvements and take action.
- Utilize metering consultants to ensure your system and operations team are fully optimized to benefit from meter data and reporting.
- Encourage accountability of tenants through a web-based, client-facing interface to drive energy efficient practices.