Energy Management and Information Systems (EMIS) comprise a broad family of tools and services to manage commercial building energy use. These technologies offer a mix of capabilities to store, analyze, and display energy use and system data, and in some cases, provide control. EMIS can be broadly classified into technologies that are either meter-level focused or system focused.
Meter-level EMIS includes benchmarking and utility tracking tools (requiring monthly utility bill data) and energy information systems (EIS)* (requiring interval meter data).
System-level EMIS include building automation systems (BAS), fault detection and diagnostic systems (FDD)*, and automated system optimization tools (ASO)*. These system-level EMIS require system or component data such as temperature, pressure, flow rate, and damper position.
Some EMIS offerings may fit into multiple categories. Innovations in EMIS have automated the analysis of energy and system data and made it possible to apply analytics to everyday building operations. The analytics embedded in EMIS can enable building operations staff to achieve significant energy savings, often with rapid payback.
To learn more about the primary applications and data scope of each type of EMIS, refer to the EMIS Technology Classification Framework, developed by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
*These technologies that are the focus of Smart Energy Analytics Campaign.