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America’s landlord loves energy data, and the more detailed, the better.

August 2, 2017 By Molly White in

I found this article on Cooperative.com to be an interesting read, enjoy!

​“Buildings in the United States account for 40 percent of total energy consumption and over 70 percent of the electrical consumption,” said Kevin Kampschroer, director of the Office of Federal High-Performance Green Buildings at the General Services Administration.

GSA is using extensive submetering, in which devices are installed to get a detailed look at how energy is being consumed in a building. Kampschroer said it has “an extraordinary amount of untapped potential.”

“If you don’t know what you’re using you don’t get motivated to do anything about it,” he told a panel at the 2017 Energy Information Administration conference.

As you can imagine, energy is a huge deal for GSA, which has some 10,000 buildings in its portfolio with a combined 370 million square feet.

“The buildings we have in our inventory that are extensively submetered perform about 30 percent better than the ones that are not,” said Kampschroer. 

Kampschroer pointed to the success the Empire State Building has had with submetering, noting it lowers costs for both tenants and landlords. GSA plans to start requiring submetering in buildings where it leases space and is a major tenant.

He added it’s important for all this data to go to people who have the skill set to make sense of it. Oftentimes that’s not the folks running the buildings.

“We can take the data analytics off of the backs of hundreds and hundreds—thousands in GSA’s case—of building engineers and collect it so we can analyze it with highly technical people, find out what the trends are across the country, across regions and local areas, and react much more quickly,” said Kampschroer.

Along with saving energy, the data reaps other benefits, including stopping a case of power theft at a Food and Drug Administration facility in Maryland.

“There were odd electrical uses on Saturday mornings,” said Kampschroer.

“We couldn’t quite figure it out until we really started tracing it and discovered that people who were constructing nearby had dug under our fence, tapped into our electrical power and were stealing it.”