What is Benchmarking?
Benchmarking refers to the process of measuring and comparing performance metrics . Benchmarking creates standardized metrics to measure and compare energy efficiency between similar buildings and helps owners assess energy use and compare performance. Benchmarking data is disclosed to governments, industry or public and gives potential buyers the information on energy efficiency in their decision to buy or rent. Over 50 national, regional and local governments have passed ordinances mandating benchmarking and disclosure to some degree .
The EEB Hub's Role
The EEB Hub acted as a technical advisor to the City of Philadelphia as they were developing the benchmarking ordinance. The EEB Hub is now helping to educate building owers and other stakeholders about the importance of energy efficiency and the necessary steps for compliance with the benchmarking ordinance.
For more information please visit http://www.phillybuildingbenchmarking.com
 Institute for Building Efficiency. (2012). Driving Transformation to Energy Efficient Buildings: Policies and Actions, from http://www.institutebe.com/InstituteBE/media/Library/Resources/Energy%2and%2Climate%20 Policy/Driving-Transformation-to-EE-Buildings.pdf.
 Burr, A.C, Keicher, C. & Leipziger, D. (2011). Building Energy Transparency: A Framework for Implementing U.S. Commericial Energy Rating and Disclosure Policy. Washington, D.C., from Institute for Market Transformation, from http://www.buildingrating.org/sites/default/files/ documents/IMT-Building_Energy_Transparency_Report.pdf.
Analysis of Job Creation and Energy Cost Savings from Building Energy Rating and Disclosure Policy [ Others, Benchmarking, Economic Development ]
(From the Institute for Market Transformation) A national building energy rating and disclosure policy would cut costs by over $18 billion through 2020 and create more than 59,000 new jobs in that time.Read More
Utilities’ Guide to Data Access for Building Benchmarking (IMT Report) [ Others, Benchmarking, Economic Development ]
Philadelphia City Council Benchmarking Hearing Transcript
A transcript from the Philadelphia City Council Committee on the Environment hearing held on June 5, 2012.