Over the last 15 years, the LBNL has worked with the California Energy Commission, the Department of Energy to evaluate and improve performance monitoring tools for energy savings in commercial buildings. Within the last decade a significant number of performance monitoring tools have emerged, providing new analysis and visualization capabilities to energy and facility managers. As an increasing number of technologies become available, it is critical to understand their role in the general marketplace and how they can best be incorporated in routine building operations to decrease energy consumption.

This website documents prior, recent, and current LBNL work in energy information systems and related types of performance monitoring and analysis technologies.

EIS are broadly defined as the software, data acquisition hardware, and communication systems used to store, analyze, and display building energy data. EIS often include analysis methods such as baselining, benchmarking, utility and carbon tracking, load profiling, and energy anomaly detection.

Links to project-specific pages documenting DOE and CEC-funded work from 2008 to present are provided, and links to research publications and presentations prior to 2008 are included at the bottom of the page.

> 2012-2014 Better Buildings Alliance EMIS Project Team
 

> 2012-2013 OpenEIS
 

> 2012-2014 Small Commercial Energy Management Package for HVAC Contractors
 

> 2010-2011 Energy Information Handbook
 

> 2008-2009 Energy Information Systems: State of the Technology and User Case Studies
 

Publications and Research Presentations

Energy Information Systems (EIS): Technology Costs, Benefits, and Best Practice Uses
Granderson, J., G. Lin. November 2013. LBNL-6476E.
PDF, 797 KB
Costs and Energy Saving Benefits of EIS Webinar Presentation
Granderson, J., G. Lin. November 2013.
PDF, 4.3 MB
Commercial Building Energy Baseline Modeling Software: Performance Metrics and Method Testing with Open Source Models and Implications for Proprietary Software Testing
Price, P., J. Granderson, M. Sohn, N. Addy, D. Jump. September 2013. ET12PGE5312.
PDF, 1.8 MB
Functional Testing Protocols for Commercial Building Efficiency Baseline Modeling Software
Jump, D., P. Price, M. Sohn. September 2013. ET12PGE5312.
PDF, 471 KB
Evaluation of the Predictive Accuracy of Five Whole-Building Baseline Models
Granderson, J., P. Price, LBNL. August 2012. LBNL-5886E.
PDF, 761 KB
Energy Information Handbook: Applications for Energy-Efficient Building Operations
Granderson, J., M.A. Piette, B. Rosenblum, L. Hu, et al. 2011. Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, LBNL-5272E.
PDF, 19 MB
Using Dashboards to Improve Energy and Comfort in Federal Buildings
Marini, K., California Polytechnic State University; G. Ghatikar, and R. Diamond, LBNL. February 2011. LBNL-4283E.
PDF, 1.3 MB
Toward the Holy Grail of Perfect Information: Lessons Learned Implementing an Energy Information System in a Commercial Building
Kircher, K., G. Ghatikar, S. Greenberg, et al. In the Proceeding of the 2010 ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings. Pacific Grove, CA, August 15-20, 2010.
PDF, 409 KB
Measurement-Based Energy Management at a Low Energy Campus: Energy Information Systems and the Proactive Use of Data
Granderson, J., M.A. Piette, M. Apte, B. Rosenblum, et al. Poster presentation at the 2010 ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings. Pacific Grove, CA, August 15-20, 2010.
PDF, 6.4 MB
Building Energy Information Systems: User Case Studies
Granderson, J., M.A. Piette, and G. Ghatikar, LBNL. 2011. Energy Efficiency 4(1):17-30.
PDF, 597 KB
Building Energy Information Systems: State of the Technology and User Case Studies
Granderson, J., M.A. Piette, G. Ghatikar, P. Price, LBNL. November 2009. LBNL-2899E.
Report, PDF, 4.8 MB
Evaluations, XLS, 112 KB
Prioritizing Persistence: Approaches and Technologies that Enable Lasting Results
Granderson, J., M.A. Piette, G. Ghatikar, and P. Price, LBNL. Presentation at the 2009 National Conference on Building Commissioning. Seattle, WA, June 3-5, 2009.
PDF, 1.2 MB
Preliminary Findings from an Analysis of Building Energy Information System Technologies
Granderson, J., M.A. Piette, G. Ghatikar, and P. Price, LBNL. In the Proceedings of the 2009 National Conference on Building Commissioning, Seattle, WA, June 3-5, 2009. LBNL-2224E.
PDF, 662 KB
Web-based Energy Information Systems for Energy Management and Demand Response in Commercial Buildings
Motegi, N., M.A. Piette, S. Kinney, and K. Herter, LBNL. Final Report, April 18, 2003, LBNL-52510.
PDF, 1.0 MB

Previous Related Work

Project Team

Mary Ann Piette

(510) 486-6286

Jessica Granderson

(510) 486-6792

Ben Rosenblum

(510) 486-7952