Determine the Energy Performance Rating for Design Energy Use


Target Finder will provide an EPA energy performance rating for your design’s calculated or simulated estimated energy use.  The Results screen will display the associated rating for your design to determine if you met the target goal and achieved Design to Earn the ENERNGY STAR certification.  Complete the steps below to rate and compare your project’s estimated energy use to the target and median building.


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:

Step 4 - Estimated Design Energy

Select View Results

The Results screen will display the following information for your Design, Target, and the Median Building.   


Results for Estimated Energy Use

How Target Finder Calculates Design Rating and Energy Use Targets

The ENERGY STAR rating is based on source energy, which means that a specific source EUI value (e.g. your design) corresponds to a specific rating.  The source EUI for the median building and for your target is derived directly from the energy performance scale.   To convert these source energy values into site energy values, Target Finder will assume that the fuel breakdown in your building (e.g. percent electricity) is equivalent to the fuel breakdown for your design energy.   For example, if you enter a design that is 100% electric, Target Finder will use an assumption of 100% electricity to convert the source energy of your target into the associated site energy.