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Campaign Brief: Mainstream Benchmarking


The green building movement has accomplished much in a short amount of time, but the mission will not be fulfilled until every building is efficient and green. In order for any commercial building to begin improving, the building owner must both collect critical information on an ongoing basis – namely energy and water consumption – and also compare it against a rational, agreed-upon standard to derive useful conclusions.

USGBC supports mandatory benchmarking of all public and private sector commercial buildings because an increased awareness catalyzes action to improve building performance. USGBC’s community has a critical role to play in supporting the advancement of benchmarking policy discussions at the state and local government levels. Through bringing building owners and policy makers together, USGBC can help advance the conversation on a
state-by-state, city-by-city basis.

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Published On: 1 Jan 2012