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B3 Benchmarking helps prioritize, monitor, and reduce building operation costs.

Buildings are costly to run and wasted energy is one of the major sources of that cost.

Track and benchmark historical performance against energy projects and program initiatives.

Benchmark all utility types by cost, consumption, and carbon emissions.

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"Commercial buildings represent just under one-fifth of U.S. energy consumption, with office space, retail space, and educational facilities representing about half of commercial sector energy consumption."

"The recession is evidenced by the sharp decrease in energy expenditures in the commercial building sector...a 10% drop. The value of new commercial construction also declined by 22%, the largest percentage drop in the last 30 years. The decline in economic activity had a positive effect on carbon dioxide emissions, which decreased 6%."

"The top three end uses in the commercial sector are space heating, lighting, and space cooling, which represent close to half of commercial site energy consumption."

"Commercial floor space and primary energy consumption grew by 58% and 69%, respectively, between 1980 and 2009. The Energy Information Administration (EIA) projects that they will continue to grow at slower rates between 2009 and 2035, 28% and 22%, respectively. Average energy prices, on the other hand, have been, and are expected to remain, relatively stable."

"In aggregate, commercial buildings consumed 17.9 quads of primary energy in 2009, representing 46.0% of building energy consumption and 18.9% of U.S. energy consumption. In comparison, the residential sector consumed 21.0 quads of primary energy, equal to 22.3% of U.S. energy consumption."

"In the commercial sector, the ENERGY STAR label has been awarded to more than 22,000 buildings containing a total of 2.6 billion square feet of floorspace, which represents 3.7% of all commercial floorspace in the United States."

"As of February 2012, there were 10,207 LEED-certified projects in the United States, a 58% jump from the number of certified projects in December 2010."

"The Federal Government owns/operates over 500,000 buildings, including 422,000 housing structures (for the military) and 51,000 nonresidential buildings."

"In FY 2007, Federal buildings accounted for 2.2% of all building energy consumption and 0.9% of total U.S. energy consumption."

"Five Federal agencies were responsible for 83% of all Federal building primary energy consumption in FY 2007. The Department of Defense alone accounted for more than half of this amount."

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