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Energy Management Information Systems

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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 promote EMIS, create resources on the basics of EMIS, develop procurement templates, and drive market adoption and sharing of best practice approaches to operating systems.

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Smart Energy Analytics Campaign

2023 Better Buildings Progress Report

To date, 900+ Better Buildings, Better Plants partners have saved more than 3.1 quadrillion Btu, saving more than $18.5 billion and 189 million metric tons of CO2.

Get Involved

The EMIS Tech Team collaborates with industry experts, building operators, and technology vendors to promote EMIS adoption. Contact the EMIS Tech Team to learn how you can get involved.

EMIS On-Demand Webinars

The EMIS Tech Team has hosted many webinars about a variety of EMIS-related topics. Access all recordings and slide decks under Webinars in the Smart Energy Analytics Toolkit.

Other Resources

Fact Sheet

Fact Sheet: EMIS Field Evaluation Protocol Fact Sheet

This fact sheet provides an overview of LBNL's EMIS Field Evaluation Protocols and describes how their use can overcome barriers to EMIS adoption.

Guidance

Energy Information Handbook Guidance

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. 

Monitoring-Based Commissioning (MBCx) Plan Template Guidance

This Monitoring-Based Commissioning Plan Template is designed to assist building staff in developing a monitoring-based commissioning (MBCx) process.

EMIS Field Evaluation Protocol Guidance

With the number of EMIS field validation projects growing, the EMIS Field Evaluation Protocol provides a standardized way to assess benefits. 

Report

Energy Information Systems: State of the Technology and User Case Studies Report

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. 

Using EMIS to Identify Top Opportunities for Commercial Building Efficiency Report

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.

A Primer on Organizational Use of Energy Management and Information Systems (EMIS) Report

This EMIS primer 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.

Technical Assistance

Reporting Template: EMIS Field Evaluation Results Technical Assistance

This reporting template, which is a companion to the EMIS Field Evaluation Protocol, can be used to capture essential information from EMIS field evaluations.

Contacts

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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.