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Most UK Energy Managers Don’t Compare Energy Usage to Benchmarks

Linda Hardesty

British Energy ManageA survey by the British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM) and the National Energy Foundation (NEF) found that facility managers are committed to energy improvements but lack metering and monitoring tools to establish accurate baselines and track progress. While 90 percent of respondents know their annual energy costs, only half of respondents know how the buildings were performing compared to design, and nearly a third were not comparing the building’s performance over time.

Three quarters of respondents are working toward a relative percentage energy reduction target, although the survey found respondents had mixed levels of confidence in achieving these. While 40 percent of respondents use building management systems, monthly consumption data is still the primary data tool available for most energy managers to navigate the complexities of energy management.

Technology (such as new plant), was cited as the most important factor in improving the use of energy by nearly half of respondents, closely followed by, and interlinked with, behavior. Carbon offsetting and certification was seen as having the most limited impact.

The online survey was conducted during October 2013 with 62 respondents, 93 percent of whom were manager level or above.



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