Commercial Building Energy Use is Down

July 5, 2016 By Carl Weinschenk

commercial building windows energy manageThe commercial sector reduced energy use by 12 percent during the period from 2003 to 2012, according to The Energy Information Administration.

The in-depth Commercial Building Energy Consumption Survey is made about every five years. A representative sampling of thousands of commercial buildings is performed. The most recent iteration of the survey show strides in efficiencies energy use for lighting and heating. In addition, heating energy savings grew due to the increase of commercial floor area in the warmer south. It accounted for 39 percent of the floor space in the revenue survey compared to 37 percent in 2003.

The survey also found that energy use for computers and office equipment rose compared to the previous survey.

In March, Navigant consultant Ben Freas posted a commentary at Energy Manager Today suggesting how commercial buildings can be made to be more comfortable and personable.

One comment on “Commercial Building Energy Use is Down

  1. In the spring of 2007, BOMA, the Building Owners and Managers Association, challenged their members to reduce energy consumption by 30%, by 2012. Later that fall, ASHRAE similarly challenged their members to do the same.

    According to the opening statement of 12% actual savings between 2003 and 2012, the BOMA and ASHRAE challenges fell far short, even over an extended period of time.

    My formal education includes a degree in aeronautical engineering, but after a 35+ year career in the HVAC industry, I can tell you with certainty that HVAC energy optimization, comfort improvement and indoor air quality – IS NOT ROCKET SCIENCE!

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