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ENERGY STAR Score for Hospitals (General Medical and Surgical)

Last Updated: 02-19-2021

The ENERGY STAR Score for Hospitals applies to general medical and surgical hospitals, including critical access hospitals and children’s hospitals. The objective of the ENERGY STAR score is to provide a fair assessment of the energy performance of a property relative to its peers, taking into account the climate, weather, and business activities at the property. To identify the aspects of building activity that are significant drivers of energy use and then normalize for those factors, a statistical analysis of the peer building population is performed. The result of this analysis is an equation that will predict the energy use of a property, based on its experienced business activities. The energy use prediction for a building is compared to its actual energy use to yield a 1 to 100 percentile ranking of performance, relative to the national population.

Topic: Portfolio Manager
Resource Type: Technical documentation
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Portfolio Manager Technical Reference: Estimating Fuel Mix and Energy Cost

Last Updated: 02-19-2021

When establishing energy performance targets early in a project’s design stage, exact fuel mix and energy costs are often not known. In these cases, Portfolio Manager and Target Finder will provide an estimated fuel mix and energy cost to help you assess how to reach your target performance level. Reference this 7-page document for information about using Portfolio Manager and Target Finder to estimate fuel mix and energy cost.

Topic: Commercial building design, Energy management guidance, Portfolio Manager, Technical reference, Target Finder
Resource Type: Technical documentation
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Portfolio Manager Technical Reference: Climate and Weather

Last Updated: 02-19-2021

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). To discuss how we use this data, it is helpful to introduce two concepts:

Topic: Portfolio Manager, Technical reference
Resource Type: Technical documentation

ENERGY STAR Challenge for Industry: BTU QuickConverter

Last Updated: 02-11-2021

Use this spreadsheet to easily convert common energy units to BTUs and Source Energy BTUs. If your site participates in the ENERGY STAR Challenge for Industry, you can use the total source MMBTU provided in the QuickConverter to track your energy use. Industrial sites who sign up for EPA's ENERGY STAR Challenge for Industry commit to improve their energy efficiency by 10% within five years.

Resource Type: Technical documentation, Campaigns, ENERGY STAR Challenge for Industry
Market Sector: General industrial/manufacturing
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Specification Language for Pursuing Energy Efficiency Goals for Commercial New Construction Projects

Last Updated: 02-10-2021

Use this six-page document to stipulate that a commercial new construction building project and the completed building meet the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) energy performance criteria to achieve ENERGY STAR® certification.

Topic: Commercial building design
Resource Type: Technical documentation

2018 ENERGY STAR metric updates: All webinar recordings

Last Updated: 01-21-2021

The slides and recordings of completed webinars related to the 2018 ENERGY STAR metric updates are listed below.

Topic: Portfolio Manager, Portfolio Manager, ENERGY STAR score calculation details, Technical reference
Resource Type: Technical documentation
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Analysis and Key Findings from EPA's Review of the ENERGY STAR Score Model for Hotel Properties

Last Updated: 01-21-2021

This five-page report summarizes the results of EPA's review of the 1-100 ENERGY STAR score model for hotel properties.

Topic: Portfolio Manager
Resource Type: Technical documentation
Market Sector: Hospitality

A New Benchmark of Energy Performance for Energy Management in U.S. and Canadian Integrated Steel Plants

Last Updated: 01-18-2021

This paper reports on the work of EPA and the integrated steel industry to develop an Energy Performance Indicator (EPI) for integrated mills that develop and manufacture steel in the United States. The paper describes the data and statistical methods used to construct the EPI for evaluating the energy performance of integrated steel mills in the U.S. and Canada. 

Topic: Energy performance indicators (EPIs), Technical reference
Resource Type: Technical documentation, Industrial program & policy reports
Market Sector: Iron & steel manufacturing

Energy Treasure Hunts during COVID-19

Last Updated: 01-18-2021

This tip sheet draws on insights from companies that have adapted their treasure hunt methods to address safety concerns created by COVID-19 and have successfully conducted treasure hunts.  Every energy program will need to assess what is possible given their organization’s new safety requirements. 

Topic: Energy management guidance
Resource Type: Technical documentation
Market Sector: General industrial/manufacturing
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Commercial Bread & Roll Bakery EPI Technical Documentation

Last Updated: 01-18-2021

This report describes the data and statistical methods used to construct the Energy Performance Indicator (EPI) for commercial bread and roll bakeries. It reviews how the EPI was developed to provide a plant-level indicator of energy performance by working with the baking industry. The report also presents the individual equations used in the EPI.

Topic: Energy management guidance
Resource Type: Technical documentation
Market Sector: General industrial/manufacturing
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