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Recognition Application

Recognition will be assessed based on each year's actions and may be received by an owner two years in a row. ​All Recognition applicants should complete the data requested in the Participant Actions form. The following two sections: EMIS and Process Description and Energy Savings are for Recognition applicants only. Participants who complete the Recognition application will be evaluated in all categories (you do not need to pick the category to apply for – we will find the best fit). 

Recognition will be presented annually in the categories outlined in the table below.

Category Description Application Due  Recognition Granted
Best Practice

Site or portfolio with exemplary practices in implementing EMIS with their energy management program

3/16/2020 Spring 2020
Innovation Site or portfolio with innovative practices in implementing EMIS with their energy management program 3/16/2020 Spring 2020
Largest Portfolio

Portfolio with the largest floor area that has used their EMIS to help identify and implement energy-saving actions

3/16/2020 Spring 2020

Energy Performance

Site or portfolio with the highest ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager benchmark score  in the previous calendar year 3/162020 Spring 2020

Recognition Application Sample

EMIS and Process Description

Describe your EMIS installation.

Indicate the types of data points included, the automated analysis included, and any other characteristics you’d like to share.

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Why did you move forward with EMIS deployment?

  • Good ROI on project
  • Meeting my organization's greenhouse gas reduction targets
  • Wanted to monitor and track building energy performance
  • Wanted automated real-time system diagnostics and optimization
  • Wanted support on continuous commissioning
  • Wanted a competitive advantage to attract tenants by reducing their energy bills
  • Wanted help in utility purchasing selection and utility cost budgeting by tracking dollars per kilowatt-hour with different providers
  • EIS installation was associated with the submetering requirement of LEED
  • Wanted to document and verify savings from efficiency projects
  • Saw another EIS implementation and have personal connection with the vendor

Planning for EMIS

How did you decide what EMIS features were critical? How did you create the business case for funding EMIS?

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Steps taken to deploy EMIS

How many months did it take to install the EMIS?

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Ongoing energy management

Describe the energy management process you used to analyze information from the EMIS, identify opportunities, and take corrective actions.

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MBCx Activities

  • The EMIS has been commissioned (verify data accuracy, metrics correctly calculated, user interface and reports configured as desired)
  • In-house staff review EMIS analysis and reporting, and identify issues
  • Service providers review EMIS analysis and reporting, and identify issues
  • An action plan for identifying and correcting operational errors and deficiencies
  • System in place to log the issues discovered, in-progress, resolved
  • System in place for taking action to correct issues (i.e., work order process)
  • EMIS metering and analysis capabilities are utilized to document and quantify energy and/or cost savings
  • There is company-wide recognition for staff and occupant efforts to save energy based on performance targets established within the EMIS
  • An EMIS training program has been established to maintain ongoing energy management processes
Energy Savings (optional for new installations)

All recognition applicants must submit an estimate of energy savings at buildings with EMIS and documentation that supports the energy savings estimates.

  1. Download the Energy Savings spreadsheet to submit energy savings for as many pledged buildings as you have energy savings estimates (minimum of 5 sites for portfolios). The spreadsheet asks you to indicate the analysis method used to develop the energy savings estimates.

    Meter-based savings analysis: You may use the baseline data period that fits your needs. For instance, you may select the year prior to EMIS installation as the baseline year or the year prior to your participation in the Smart Energy Analytics Campaign as the baseline year. Weather normalization is recommended but is not required for Campaign reporting. Note: Annual reporting of savings is preferred but the Campaign will accept a minimum of 3 months of energy savings using meter data.

    • Monthly billing analysis: Use of monthly utility bill data to determine energy savings. ECAM (Energy Charting and Metrics) is a free Excel-based tool that can be used to weather-normalize monthly billing or hourly interval data and measure energy savings. To access the tool, see http://www.sbwconsulting.com/ecam/
    • EMIS M&V: Develop an interval data-driven model of baseline energy use utilizing M&V functionality embedded in an EMIS.
    • Other tools: Develop an interval data-driven model of baseline energy use outside of an EMIS using other software tools such as Universal Translator, ECAM+ M&V module, statistical analysis software, and Excel.

    System analysis: System analysis approaches for estimating energy savings may use BAS trends or short term measurements as baseline data.

    • Engineering calculations: Spreadsheet calculations based on engineering equations that often utilize temperature or load-based bin analysis.
    • Building energy simulation: Modeling whole facility energy use using software such as eQUEST, EnergyPlus, Trane TRACE, or Carrier HAP
  2. Upload completed Energy Savings spreadsheet
  3. The Campaign requests supporting documentation of energy savings for recogition applications. Please submit the following documentation depending on the analysis method used. Energy savings documentation approved by a utility program meets the Smart Energy Analytics Campaign’s documentation needs.
    • Monthly billing analysis: Provide analysis used to calculate savings
    • EMIS M&V: Report the interval data model form/equation, or the name of the software tool used. Include model metrics such as R2, CV(RMSE), and NMBE (% error) where available.
    • Other tools: Report the interval data model form/equation or for the name of the software tool used. Include model metrics such as R2, CV(RMSE), and NMBE (% error) where available.
    • Engineering calculations: Provide analysis (spreadsheets) used to calculate savings
    • Building energy simulation: Provide energy analysis report and output files

Case Study

Are you interested in being considered for a case study? Short case studies will be developed for organizations with success stories that will benefit others participating or considering participation in the Campaign.

  • Yes
  • No