Energy Management Information Systems

Energy Management Information Systems

Energy Management Information Systems can enable significant energy savings, often with rapid payback. Businesses are continually learning how to apply these technologies which include advanced energy information systems, benchmarking and utility tracking tools, equipment-specific fault detection and diagnostic systems, automated system optimization, and building automation systems. Through the EMIS Technology Research Team, partners help to promote EMIS, create resources on the basics of EMIS, develop procurement templates, and organize a forthcoming campaign to drive market adoption and sharing of best practice approaches to operating systems.

Implement an Energy Management Information System: At Your Organization
Energy Management & Information Systems: Make the Business Case
Explore Commercial EMIS Offerings: See the Vendors
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The EMIS Team collaborates with researchers and industry experts to promote awareness and energy reduction through new technologies. Contact the Better Buildings Alliance to learn how you can get involved.

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This package of materials guides you through the specification, procurement, and selection of an Energy Information System (EIS) or related building energy performance monitoring and diagnostic technology.
This framework can be used as a first orienting step; it does not detail specific technology features, but instead provides a high-level overview of primary applications within each category.
This report documents a large-scale assessment of energy information system (EIS) uses, costs, and energy benefits, based on a series of focused case study investigations that are synthesized into generalizable findings.
Slides from the EMIS Crash Course webinar.
This guide introduces incentive and financing programs available to support the installation and use of EMIS in commercial buildings.

Other Resources


This handbook will give you the information you need to plan an energy-management strategy that works for your building, making it more energy efficient. 


The focus of this study is energy information systems, broadly defined as performance monitoring software, data acquisition hardware, and communication systems used to store, analyze, and display building energy data. 
This guide presents an overview of the top energy-savings opportunities in commercial buildings and shows how they can be identified using the type of interval meter analytics offered in EIS technologies or using the automated analytics offered in FDD systems.

Additional Information

Wireless Meter Challenge
Following the model of the Better Buildings Alliance Rooftop Unit Challenge, the Better Buildings Alliance's Technology Research Teams have issued the Low-cost Wireless Meter Challenge to industry to produce a cost-effective, wireless metering system capable of electrical energy measurement at various locations in a building and wireless communication to a remote data collection point within the building complex. 

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Prior research in energy information systems, including projects, publications, and presentations.

Energy Information Handbook (hardcopy)
An instructional resource on the use of utility, interval meter data, and system-level data to improve operational efficiency.

The Building Performance Tracking Handbook: Continuous Improvement for Every Building
A resource from the California Commissioning Collaborative regarding a comprehensive process for performance improvement, including the use of EMIS.

Energy Management Information Systems: Achieving Improved Energy Efficiency
Instructional guide for the understanding and implementation of EMIS, published by the Office of Energy Efficiency of Natural Resources Canada.

Handbook of Web Based Energy Information and Control Systems
Three edited volumes by Barney L. Capehart and other authors.

Web Based Enterprise and Building Automation Systems
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Web Based Energy Information and Control Systems
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ISO 50000 Series of Standards
International Standards Organization (ISO) energy management standards, covering topics such as energy audits, continuous energy management systems, measuring performance using energy baselines and performance indicators, and measurement and verification of energy performance.


Meet the Technology Expert

Jessica Granderson is a Research Scientist and the Deputy of Research Programs for the Building Technology and Urban Systems Division at LBNL. She is a member of the Commercial Buildings research group. Her research focuses on building energy performance monitoring and diagnostics, and intelligent lighting controls. Jessica holds a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Bachelor of Arts in Mechanical Engineering from Harvard University. Jessica leads the Energy Information Management Systems Technology Research Team for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Alliance.