Businesses focused on improving environmental impact and operating expenses understand why measurement is critical. But while tracking spending and costs is relatively straightforward, measuring resource use can be more complicated.
Fortunately, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has developed Portfolio Manager, an online tool for measuring and tracking energy and water consumption, along with greenhouse gas emissions. Portfolio Manager enables you to benchmark one or a portfolio of buildings and track efficiency improvements over time.
Portfolio Manager’s Energy Star metrics are modeled on data collected from a country-wide pool of municipal and commercial buildings. This rich data set enables you to compare your building’s environmental performance to similar structures, including schools, warehouses, hotels and houses of worship. If you’re constructing a new building, you can use Portfolio Manager to set an energy use target and track the building’s performance post-construction.
Need guidance measuring your building’s performance? Two Willows is happy to help!