U.S. Government Calls for Submetering to Improve Building Efficiency

November 11, 2011

The National Science and Technology Council released a report in October calling for the "fine-grained" and "real-time" measurement of energy in buildings — recognizing submetering as a key enabler for improved performance for both new and existing properties.

Commercial and residential buildings consume about one-third of the world's energy and account for more than 40% of total US energy consumption. According to the report, submetering provides the level of information detail and transparency necessary for more efficient management of energy resources in these buildings.

Submetering exposes inefficient operations and uncovers opportunities for reducing energy consumption — offering building managers one of the quickest and most cost efficient routes to energy cost savings.

You can read the committee's full report here.

For some real world examples on how making resource consumption information available to stakeholders increases building efficiency and saves money, check out the following articles:

University of Toronto Knows Resource Consumption Visibility Key to Future Success

Intelligent Buildings in the Institutional Sector

School Board Spends Less on Energy, More on Education

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