Tools and Resources
This report from Maastricht University discusses the effects of the sustainability of commercial properties on their operating and stock performance. Investors considering incorporating the environmental performance of a building into investment decisions may benefit from this report. Using a sample of U.S. Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs), the report estimates that an REIT's sustainability is positively related to return on assets, return on equity, and the ration of funds from operations to total revenue.
EPA's ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager is a no-cost, interactive energy management tool that allows you to securely track and assess energy and water consumption across your building portfolio. Whether you own, manage, or hold properties for investment, Portfolio Manager can help you set investment priorities, identify under-performing buildings, verify efficiency improvements, and apply for ENERGY STAR certification for superior energy performance.
Use this 52-slide presentation to learn the basics on EPA's ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool. By the end of the presentation, you will know how to add a property and enter its use details, enter energy and water consumption data, and generate reports to assess progress.
Use this 56-slide presentation to build upon the concepts covered in Portfolio Manager 101. Learn about EPA's ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool and how to edit property data, correct or update property use details, use the Data Quality Checker, and share property data.
Use this 46-slide presentation to build upon the concepts learned in Portfolio Manager 101 and 201. Learn more about EPA's ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool and how to update data using the spreadsheet upload feature; set baseline, goals, and targets to plan energy improvement; create custom reports; and use the Sustainable Buildings Checklist.
Use this five-page guide for step-by-step instructions on how to create a custom report in ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager. Organizations and buildings are different and have specific needs, that’s why the reporting feature in Portfolio Manager offers a variety of reports and graphics to help you view and share performance metrics to best present your building!
You can use this tool to lookup the data needed to benchmark your property in Portfolio Manager. Additionally you can create a PDF with this information that you can use as a data collection worksheet.
Follow the steps in this two-page guide to get started using the new Portfolio Manager to benchmark your properties, assess performance, and view results.
When you benchmark your building in Portfolio Manager, one of the key metrics you’ll see is energy use intensity, or EUI. Essentially, the EUI expresses a building’s energy use as a function of its size or other characteristics.
For most property types in Portfolio Manager, the EUI is expressed as energy per square foot per year. It’s calculated by dividing the total energy consumed by the building in one year (measured in kBtu or GJ) by the total gross floor area of the building.
The climate of the area where your property is located and the annual fluctuations you experience in weather conditions can affect how much energy you need to operate your buildings. Portfolio Manager includes metrics designed to incorporate these effects and help you understand your energy performance. These procedures rely on temperature data collected by weather monitoring stations and published by the National Climatic Data Center (NCDC), which is part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).