2012-2015 Better Buildings Alliance EMIS Project Team

Summary of Work

The Energy Management Information Systems (EMIS) team launched in 2012 to address the broad and rapidly evolving family of tools and services for managing commercial building energy use. These technologies include benchmarking and utility tracking tools, energy information systems (EIS), building automation systems, fault detection and diagnostic systems, and automated system optimization tools. EMIS can enable significant energy savings, often with rapid payback, and businesses are still learning how to apply these technologies.

In the 2012-2013 project year, the EMIS team worked with Better Buildings Alliance members, building owners, and service providers to conduct a large-scale assessment of the value proposition for Energy Information Systems (EIS). Based on data from 26 organizations, this study addresses three common questions concerning EIS adoption — what are the costs, what have users saved, and which best practices drive deeper savings? The presentation, report and business case on study findings are posted at the bottom of this page. The EMIS technology classification framework was also developed to address key distinguishing factors and core attributes of different technologies in the EMIS family.

In the 2013-2014 project year, the EMIS team developed the following resources to help industrial leaders take advantage of EMIS:

In the 2014-2015 project year, the EMIS team activities include giving guest presentation at project team meetings, coordinating live demonstrations and guest access to EMIS offerings of interest to Project Team members, and developing a primer on holistic organizational EMIS planning, implementation, and usage.

Project Documents

EIS Business Case (2 page) PDF, 257 KB
Costs and Energy Saving Benefits of EIS Webinar Presentation PDF, 4.3 MB
Costs and Energy Saving Benefits of EIS report PDF, 797 KB
EMIS Crash Course PDF, 860 KB
Synthesis of EMIS Resources PDF, 1.28 MB
Regional Guide to EMIS Incentives PDF, 4.0 MB
EMIS Specification and Procurement Support Materials DOCX, 2.0 MB