The U.S. Department of Energy’s Building Energy Asset Score (Asset Score) is a national standardized tool for assessing the physical and structural energy efficiency of commercial and multifamily residential buildings. The Asset Score generates a simple energy efficiency rating that enables comparison among buildings, and identifies opportunities to invest in energy efficiency upgrades. It is available for voluntary use and is 100% free to use.
DOE is actively seeking Asset Score users. Individuals or organizations that use, or commit to use, the Asset Score on one or more buildings by spring 2015 will receive national recognition from the DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, as well as technical support using the tool. Building owners and managers, energy services providers, architects, engineers, utilities, and other parties are encouraged to participate. For more information, contact Andrew Burr.
The DOE Building Energy Asset Score (Asset Score) assesses the energy efficiency of these assets and identifies opportunities for improvement. Using building information inputted by the user, the tool runs a sophisticated whole-building energy simulation and generates an Energy Asset Score Report that includes the following actionable information:
- A score ranging from 1 to 10 based on the energy efficiency of the building envelope and the mechanical, electrical, and service hot water systems
- An energy efficiency assessment of the building’s individual systems
- Total estimated building energy usage and energy use by end use (lighting, heating, cooling, service hot water) under standard operating conditions
- Opportunities to upgrade building efficiency, and a “potential” energy efficiency score based on identified upgrades
|Assisted living||Parking garage|
|City hall||Police station|
|Community center||Post office|
|Educational (including K-12 schools)||Warehouse (unrefrigerated)|
|House of Worship||Mixed-Use (of the above types)|
- Building owners and third-party management companies can use the Asset Score to guide energy improvements, demonstrate national sustainability leadership and corporate social responsibility, and ensure the market recognizes their investments in building energy efficiency regardless of tenant behavioral impacts.
- Energy services companies, engineers and green building consultants can leverage the Asset Score to enhance their proprietary services and engage new customers, and integrate their tools seamlessly with the Asset Score through an application programming interface.
- State and local governments can identify energy cost-saving opportunities in their own portfolios and make that information transparent and accessible to taxpayers.
- Utilities and utility program administrators can use Asset Score results to identify customers for energy efficiency rebates and help achieve their energy efficiency targets more quickly and cost-effectively.