Why Benchmarking Is Required

Data Analysis & Energy Benchmarking Dashboard

Seattle has analyzed energy benchmarking data reported for 2011, 2012 and 2013. The first report covers energy use for both 2011 and 2012 and the second report covers 2013 data. Seattle also publishes an online Energy Benchmarking Dashboard that allows comparisons of EUI and ENERGY STAR scores for Seattle buildings. 

According to the 2013 data analysis, buildings with high energy use could save money merely by reducing to about average consumption. The study estimated that a high-energy use medical office building could save about $31,600 annually, just by improving to the Seattle median energy use for medical office buildings. Similar savings scenarios were also found in other sectors like high-rise multifamily buildings and supermarkets.

Preliminary trend analyses suggest that the overall year-to-year building energy performance of all buildings in Seattle is stable or trending positively, with a decrease of .6% in total energy use from 2012 to 2013. Many buildings still have significant room for improvement, however. For example, while 43% of Seattle buildings with an ENERGY STAR score are performing at a good to excellent level,  57% are performing only at a fair to poor level. 

2013 Benchmarking Highlights