Cindy Zork
2 minute read

The second USGBC Tennessee IMPACT Benchmarking Challenge is off to a great start! Using the Arc platform, 10 participating buildings from across the state are tracking improvements to their energy, water and waste use between July 31 and Dec. 31.

The buildings registered for the IMPACT Benchmarking Challenge have entered a year’s worth of utility data into Arc to establish starting scores for the competition. Over the next few months building occupants, facility staff and owners will engage in easily implemented strategies to save energy, water and waste.

Why benchmark?

Benchmarking measures the performance of a building to compare regular operations over time, both within the building itself and with other similar buildings. These comparisons make building owners and managers more aware of utility expenditures, encouraging behavior changes that result in increased efficiencies and cost savings. These improvements in building operations and occupant behavior, even simple ones, contribute to a better bottom line for the building owner, healthier spaces for tenants and reduced building carbon emissions.

Currently, 4,002,564 square feet of space is represented in the 2019 competition, serving over 10,000 building occupants in venues varying from commercial office space to health care to local government. For those reporting data at the time of this article, the combined annual CO2 emissions for participants is 20,845.1 mtCO2e.

A second set of data will be collected at the end of December to compare scores and see how carbon emissions have changed based on the facility’s strategies to save energy, water and waste. Buildings with the most improved Arc scores will be celebrated at the January 2020 USGBC Tennessee IMPACT Conference in Nashville.

2019 USGBC Tennessee IMPACT Benchmarking Challenge participants

  • Caterpillar Financial Center, Nashville
  • Le Bonheur Children's Hospital, Memphis
  • Lindsley Hall, Nashville
  • Methodist Le Bonheur—600 Jefferson, Memphis
  • Methodist Le Bonheur—Jackson Le Bonheur, Jackson
  • Methodist Le Bonheur Germantown Hospital, Germantown
  • Music City Center, Nashville
  • One Franklin Park, Franklin
  • Two Franklin Park, Franklin
  • Universal Life Insurance Building, Memphis 

Learn more about the IMPACT Benchmarking Challenge and find guidance you can use to save energy, water and waste in your own building.

Explore the benchmarking challenge