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The Benefits of Benchmarking Building Performance

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This report, underlines the positive effects of energy benchmarking and transparency policies. Energy benchmarking is the process of measuring a building’s energy use over time. The combination of acquiring benchmarking data and making it publicly available encourages the development of a strong market for building energy efficiency.

 

Benchmarking and transparency policies enhance building owners’, tenants’, governments’, and the publics’ understanding of building energy use, which brings significant energy reductions and the increasing demand for energy-efficient properties.

 

These policies also result in environmental, quality of life and economic benefits. More specifically:

 

  • energy benchmarking reduces energy use and hence greenhouse gas emissions associated with generating that energy;
  • improved building performance can be beneficial to building occupants’ health (energy efficiency is linked to reductions in incidences of respiratory illness and increases in occupant comfort and productivity);
  • a widespread increase in the investment of building performance, can lead to the creation of many jobs.

 

To download and read the full report please visit: http://www.imt.org/resources/detail/the-benefits-of-benchmarking-building-performance