The Energy Star Portfolio Manager platform, which is the EPA's free online water and energy management and tracking tool for commercial buildings, just received a makeover, promising users enhanced tracking and a streamlined database for faster processing.
The Portfolio Manager is currently used to track and analyze the water and energy performance of over 300,000 commercial buildings, including the overall use of water and energy in buildings, the changes in use and cost savings over time for each building, the ability to compare a building to a similar one, and the capability of sharing the data easily with others.
The upgrade to the platform includes the following:
"EPA’s new ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager has been turbo-charged to make benchmarking energy use and reducing costs easier and more productive. Now buildings can quickly enter data, generate reports, and share information with minimal training and effort. This industry-leading tool is the only no-cost online tool that lets you benchmark against national averages, while tracking and managing energy and water consumption and greenhouse gas emissions." - EPA
Improved Design. Entering information is easier than ever, with enhanced graphics, wizards and prompts.
Streamlined Database. Faster system processing.
Modern Web Services. Exchange customer’s data faster.
Enhanced Tracking. Plan and set goals to track both current and future projects. Receive customizable reports and better analysis.
Better Sharing Capabilities. Collaboration is improved with enhanced sharing and reporting.
In order for a building to qualify for the Energy Star certification, the first step is to benchmark it with the Portfolio Manager, and according to the EPA, 40% of the building space in the U.S. uses Portfolio Manager for that purpose, and they state that the tool has been responsible for "billions of dollars of energy savings" and a reduction in greenhouse gases.
The new platform can be found at Portfolio Manager.