B3: Buildings, Benchmarking, and Beyond
What is Benchmarking?
|As the saying goes, “You can’t manage what you don’t measure.” Benchmarking is a highly practical way to measure energy use in your public buildings and is the first step in managing your energy costs. Benchmarking helps local governments decide which buildings would benefit most from operational changes. It also allows you to monitor progress as you invest in your community’s infrastructure.|
Buildings, Benchmarking and Beyond, more commonly known as B3, is a free software
created for local governments to benchmark their public buildings. Using B3 involves
entering the last year or more of energy use for city-owned buildings, followed by minimal
monthly updates as you receive new energy bills.
Visit the B3 homepage: mn.b3benchmarking.com.
To create an account for your local unit of government click here
Click here to learn more
Click here to see tips and new features
Video with an overview of B3 features and benchmarking tools:
Video showing you how to create an account and add buildings:
- Be sure to correctly identify space usage type. Click here to learn more.
- Pay extra attention to delivered fuels and billing dates Click here to learn more.
- If your staff is using outside assistance for collecting billing data from your utility, a data release form may be required. Example data release form (.doc)
- Utilize the resources provided on the B3 website by clicking on Learning Center on the homepage menu. There you will find webinars, a glossary and a FAQ.