DOE and LBNL Release Energy Information Handbook: Applications for Energy-Efficient Buildings Operations

January 27, 2012

The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and U.S. Department of Energy have released the Energy Information Handbook: Applications for Energy-Efficient Buildings Operations. This free book guides building owners and operators in understanding how to analyze the energy use of buildings, and how to use their analysis to lower energy costs by operating buildings more efficiently. Software developers and energy service providers in the building industry, as well as more experienced owners and managers who wish to improve how they visualize, analyze, and manage their building’s energy use, will also find the book useful.

From the Introduction:

There are a wealth of methods and tools to monitor and measure building energy use (both over the long haul and in real time) and to identify where best to focus your energy-efficiency efforts. But with so many options, where do you start? This handbook will give you the information you need to plan an energy-management strategy that works for your building, making it more energy efficient.

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In addition to the handbook, contains the outcomes of other work related to building energy management including: a categorization framework and market characterization of building energy information systems (EIS), and a series of case studies with large facility owners to explore users’ experiences with EIS.