Georgia Power offers tool for multifamily building data (USGBC Georgia) | U.S. Green Building Council
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Take advantage of this new multifamily whole-building data tool in Georgia.

USGBC has supported better energy information for building owners and operators for many years, and recent changes in program offerings have made more data more available in Georgia. Nationally, this information enables energy savings in commercial and multifamily buildings, helping drive down costs and improve building performance. The opportunity to do the same in Georgia has now arrived, and USGBC Georgia would like to alert its members.

A tool for more specific data

In late 2017, Georgia Power launched its free Automated Benchmark Tool (ABT), a building energy usage data awareness program for commercial and multifamily properties. Now, eligible property owners in the Georgia Power service territory can get 12 months of total electricity usage data (i.e., whole-building data) for their properties directly from Georgia Power.

Although building owners and managers are uniquely positioned to improve the comfort of their tenants and help them lower their energy expense through energy efficiency investments, they often lack access to basic energy usage data for their properties that would allow them to evaluate the performance of their properties and make targeted energy efficiency upgrades. This data can be uploaded to Energy Star Portfolio Manager.

Through its new Automated Benchmark Tool, Georgia Power will sum up the electricity usage of all separately metered tenants in a multitenant building and provide the aggregate electricity usage data to the property owner. Aggregating the data protects the privacy of individual tenants, while providing the building owner sufficient information to understand building performance. This will allow owners to track and benchmark energy usage for their properties, as well as lower utility bills and improve comfort for their tenants by making smart investments in energy efficiency property improvements.

Register to start tracking your energy use

The resources provided by the ABT will also ease participation in any number of programs, including LEED Operations and Maintenance under Existing Buildings, as well as mandatory and voluntary benchmarking efforts. Note the timing—if you participate in a voluntary benchmarking program or have a compliance obligation for the previous calendar year, you will need to collect whole-building data in January with the ABT.

Property owners or managers, or authorized representatives of property owners or managers, must register to use the tool.  Once registered, you will need an account number or meter number associated with at least one electricity account in each building for which you wish to retrieve energy usage data.

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Access the Automated Benchmark Tool