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Smart Energy Analytics Campaign Uncovers Energy-Saving Opportunities

The research and industry partnership supports and shares best EMIS practices.

By Jessica Granderson, Hannah Kramer, and Claire Curtin  
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The Smart Energy Analytics Campaign is a research and industry partnership to support the use of EMIS technologies and MBCx practices to help uncover energy-saving opportunities and improve building performance for the long run.

As participants in the campaign, facility managers, energy managers, and operators of commercial buildings across the country collaborate with utilities, product manufacturers, and service providers in a members-only network of peer-to-peer exchange, with access to experts who can tailor technical support to meet the needs of their buildings. Participants are encouraged to share their successes and apply for national recognition for their efforts. In 2017, nine organizations were recognized for their exemplary EMIS work in the categories of energy performance, innovation, best practices, and new installation.

In the first year of the campaign’s operation, 49 organizations joined, and reported on 185 million square feet of floor area operating under EMIS control. Campaign participants made improvements to their buildings, achieving a median energy savings of 5 percent, or 400 billion Btu/year and $9 million in savings per year, based on reporting from 15 participants.

Now in the second year of operation, the campaign has 65 participants that represent more than 4,000 buildings and 320 million square feet of gross floor area. The Smart Energy Analytics Campaign continues through 2020 and is accepting commercial buildings or portfolios of 50,000 square feet or larger that have installed or are planning to implement EMIS.

Additional resources to support best practice adoption of EMIS can be found here.

Jessica Granderson is deputy for research programs in the Building Technologies and Urban Systems Division of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Hannah Kramer, P.E., is LBNL affiliate, and Claire Curtin (cmcurtin@lbl.gov) is program manager for the division.


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