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Introduction to Energy Star Portfolio Manager July 28th, 2014

The ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager is an interactive online resource management tool that allows you to track and assess the energy and water usage throughout your entire portfolio of buildings. More importantly, it can help you implement every step of your energy management program, from setting a baseline and identifying which buildings to target to setting goals and tracking improvements. It’s also the tool for getting recognition from EPA for your efforts.

Portfolio Manager helps you save energy, save money and save the environment using the following options.

Portfolio Manager helps you to manage the energy and water consumption of any building. Simply enter your consumption data, cost information, and operational use details. Portfolio Manager will then help you track more than 100 different metrics. Use them to compare your building’s performance against a yearly baseline, national medians, or similar buildings in your portfolio.

If you already have an energy management system,  then you can still use Portfolio Manager’s web services and easily integrate Portfolio Manager’s metrics into your own tracking systems or commercial energy management services.

Many buildings can also receive a 1 – 100 ENERGY STAR score. This score compares your building’s energy performance to similar buildings nationwide. A score of 50 represents median energy performance, while a score of 75 means your building performs better than 75 percent of all similar buildings nationwide — and may be eligible for ENERGY STAR certification.

Portfolio Manager calculates your building’s greenhEnergy Star 2014 Certified Logoouse gas emissions from energy use. You can also use the tool to track avoided emissions from green power purchases or onsite renewable energy installations.

The built-in financial tool within Portfolio Manager allows you to compare cost savings across buildings in your portfolio. By being able to quickly and clearly get figures that show cumulative investments in facility upgrades or annual energy costs, you’ll be better informed to make strategic decisions about how to manage your buildings nationwide.

You can use Portfolio Manager to generate ENERGY STAR performance documents for each building, which summarize important energy information. These performance documents can help you to:

  • Satisfy LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance (LEED-EB: O&M) requirements

  • Document performance in energy service contracts

  • Communicate energy performance to tenants, owners, and potential buyers or renters

Use Portfolio Manager to share or report your performance data with others, whether it is management or compliance with local laws. You can also run custom reports to get insights on your performance. These reports can also be shared, or kept all to yourself.

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