Selecting the Energy Use Target
Follow the steps below for Target Finder to calculate an energy use target:
Step 1 - Facility Information:
Enter the ZIP code where the facility will be built. Target Finder selects the appropriate climate data and calculates the energy use typical of the specified location. Target Finder can only be used for US cities, states and territories.
Step 2 - Facility Characteristics:
Select the applicable space type from the drop down menu. The screen will refresh and display the space type form. Provide requested attribute information for all selected space type(s) in the design project.
Step 3 - The Target:
Select the desired energy use target using either method:
Target Rating: the EPA energy performance rating; ranging from 50 to 100, or
Percent Energy Reduction: from the median building energy use for the equivalent of a rating of 50; ranging from 30% - 95%.
Select View Results
The Results screen will display the following information for the Target, and Median Building:
Results for Estimated Energy Use
Energy Performance Rating (1-100)
Energy Reduction (%)
Source Energy Use Intensity (kBtu/Sq. Ft. /yr)
Site Energy Use Intensity (kBtu/Sq. Ft./yr)
Total Annual Source Energy (kBtu)
Total Annual Site Energy (kBtu)
Total Annual Energy Cost ($)
CO2-eq Emissions (metric tons/year)
CO2-eq Emissions Reduction (%)
How Target Finder Calculates Energy Use Targets
Target Finder will calculate the associated energy consumption for the selected numerical Target Rating and Percent Energy Reduction. The energy target is based on the design project’s proposed operating characteristics and its physical location. Location is specified by zip code and is used to determine the appropriate climate conditions, typical fuel mix and energy usage (electricity and natural gas, etc) and energy cost for the region.
Notes: Additional information and tips on navigating through Target Finder.
The Design column will show N/A for all results. The estimated energy use is not required to receive an energy use target.
To receive a rating for your design project, see ENERGY STAR Rating for Estimated Design Energy Use.
The attribute data varies by Space Type. For guidance on input parameters, select Space Use Definitions from the menu bar on the left.
More than 50% of the gross floor area must be allotted as a single primary Space Type.
Secondary Space Types include garages, open parking lots, swimming pools, and Other.
If the user provides an Energy Rate but no Estimated Energy Use in the Design Energy form, Target Finder will calculate the user input costs for percentage of electricity and natural gas based on state average (determined by ZIP code).
To remove a space type, select Delete (upper right corner of the form). The screen will refresh and delete the space type.
To change input data on Results screen, select the Edit link on the section (upper right corner) you want to make changes. The screen will refresh and return to the attribute form. Make desired changes and select View Results to recalculate data and display the revised results.
Using the browser's Back button to make edits may cause previously entered data to be deleted.
Users can override the default values in Target Finder by entering their own data.