System Downtime Notification
From Saturday, August 30, 2014 from 8:00 am EST to 11:59 pm EST, will be offline for site maintenance.
Email us or call 1-800-795-1747 for assistance. Thanks for your patience.
Please upgrade your browser. This site requires a newer version to work correctly. Read more

Measuring Energy Use in Buildings: Do Our Metrics Really Add Up?

Format On Demand: Online
Offered by BuildingGreen, Inc.




United States
Category Energy and atmosphere

With both greenhouse gas emissions and the cost of energy escalating, there is more focus than ever on understanding just how much energy our buildings use, and then figuring out how to use less. Calculating a building's energy use is important but comparing frombuilding to building is tricky. There are many ways to measure energy use and because each has its pros and cons, it's difficult topick just one as the most useful. In this course we'll review the key ideas around measuring energy use, and then look at major programs for both homes and commercial buildings that provide deeper analysis.


  • Explain the differences between site energy, source energy, and energy cost.
  • Summarize three ways in which source energy can vary.
  • Classify at least three benchmarking programs for homes and three for commercial buildings.
  • Describe the specific pros and cons of at least two benchmarking programs.
Purchase info
  • Share on Twitter
  • Share on Facebook
  • Share on LinkedIn
CE Hours 1.0
AIA/CES (LU) 1.0