Recently adopted initiatives such as the 2007 Energy Information and Security Act, the Zero-Energy Commercial Building Initiative have brought building energy performance to the forefront of the national energy debate. At the same time, a growing body of evidence suggests the value of metering and continuous performance monitoring in decreasing energy consumption and meeting performance goals. Over the last 15 years, the LBNL has worked with the California Energy Commission and 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.
Dedicated 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.
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Publications and Research Presentations
Evaluation of the Predictive Accuracy of Five Whole-Building Baseline Models
Granderson, J., P. Price, LBNL. August 2012. LBNL-5886E.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Building Energy Information Systems: User Case Studies
Granderson, J., M.A. Piette, and G. Ghatikar, LBNL. 2011. Energy Efficiency 4(1):17-30.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Previous Related Work
- Diagnostics for Building Commissioning and Operation
- High Performance Commercial Building Systems
- Commercial Buildings Research and Development
- Continuous Performance Monitoring Systems
Mary Ann Piette