With guest room energy usage typically exceeding 50% of the property’s utility bill, decreasing your energy usage by 10% can equate to an increase in RevPAR by $0.60 for limited service hotels and by more than $2.00 for full-service hotels — imagine the savings!
You can’t manage what you don’t measure! Energy benchmarking means tracking a building’s energy and water use and using a standard metric to compare the building’s performance against past performance and to its peers. These comparisons have been shown to drive energy efficiency upgrades and increase occupancy rates and property values. Benchmarking reveals the relative efficiency of a building’s underlying operational systems. It enables owners and managers to evaluate operational performance and possess a baseline metric to be able to judge future improvements.
We’ve helped our clients benchmark their hotels using various energy benchmarking tools including:
- ENERGY STAR® Benchmarking (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Portfolio Manager program)
- Hilton LightStay Support
- IHG Green Engage Support
- WasteWise (recognized by the EPA)
Why benchmark? The benchmarking process allows hotel owners, management companies and operators to view an energy usage profile of their hotels. This energy profile provides insight into which areas of consumption should be focused on to increase efficiency and provide a roadmap of potential green hotel improvement projects. Benchmarking can also be used as a baseline for the building against which these future improvements and operational changes can be measured. Each year, the building can be benchmarked to see whether or not upgrades had the desired impact of energy use reductions. Download EGH Corporate Profile
Wait….Its required?!?! Yes in some areas benchmarking your property is required. New York City, Boston, Washington DC, and San Francisco all have some local level “Green Legislation.” Notably, New York City is leading the way with its “Local Laws.”
New York City
- Local Law 84 The Greener, Greater Buildings Plan (GGBP) requires owners of large buildings to annually measure their energy consumption in a process called benchmarking. Local Law 84 (LL84), the first law in GGBP, standardizes this process and captures information with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Portfolio Manager. Local Law 84 will give building owners and potential buyers a better understanding of a building’s energy and water consumption, eventually shifting the market towards increasingly efficient, high-performing buildings. Local Law 84 requires annual benchmarking data to be submitted by owners of buildings with more than 50,000 square feet for public disclosure by May 1 of each year.
Got a Building in NYC? Let us help you comply with Local Law 84
- Green Building Act of 2006 (GBA) Establishes high-performance building standards that require the planning, design, construction, operation and maintenance of building projects and establishes a green building incentives program.
- Clean and Affordable Energy Benchmarking Amendment Act of 2012 CAEA establishes, a building benchmarking program required by the CAEA and now under development by DDOE. This program, one of the first of its type in the nation, requires disclosure of ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager scores for all private buildings over 50,000 square feet. The program will roll out in January 2013, and includes extensive data management, enforcement, and industry education support.
Got a Building in DC? Let us help you comply with the CAEA
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