State Building Energy Benchmarking


Contact

Kelly Thomas
Energy Program Manager
775-687-1850 ext. 7357
  • Benchmarking
  • State Owned Buildings Benchmarking 2

Introduction

The Nevada Governor’s Office of Energy (GOE) is working with Lucid Design Group, Inc. to integrate State Owned Buildings into a database and utilize the BuildingOS energy management information software capable of organizing, tracking, benchmarking, analyzing, and reporting all usage and costs related to energy and water consumed and purchased by the State of Nevada. 

The purpose of the benchmarking program is to provide the State with a tool to achieve the goals set in NRS 701.215 and 701.218 and reduce energy consumption, leading to lower costs and the promotion of a sustainable energy future.

    BuildingOS Training

    Memo to Facility Manager Supervisors (pdf)


    BuildingOS 201 - Use Case Training   

    Thursday, January 19 in Carson City - Location: State of Nevada Training Facility, Suite B, 727 Fairview Drive, Carson City NV 89701

    Class 1: 8:30 - 11:30 a.m., Class 2: 1:30-4:30 p.m. 

    This advanced training covers specific uses of BuildingOS related to achieving the State of Nevada's energy reduction and reporting goals. Applications to be covered include: Dashboards/Cards, Alerts, Project Measurement and Verification, and Occupant Engagement.  

     

      Objectives

      • Support agency reporting toward energy reduction goals and provide the Governor and Legislature with timely and accurate data.
      • Support conservation and efficiency initiatives such as performance contracting for energy, water, and operational cost savings.

        General Description

        The software includes the electronic transfer, tracking, and sorting of utility bills and energy usage with the assistance of NV Energy (NVE), Southwest Gas (SWG), The Las Vegas Valley Water District (LVVWD), Truckee Meadows Water Authority (TMWA) and other utility providers across the state. The software and the monthly, or more frequent data, provided by the utilities will:

        • Improve our ability to manage operations, and provide better insight into energy data and trends. 
        • Access, track, view, and graph monthly energy consumption in a customized manner. 
        • Produce intuitive and detailed energy use and cost reports and perform energy normalization reporting. 
        • Automatically interface with the Energy Star Portfolio Manager system based on monthly consumption.

          BuildingOS

          Is a web-based platform and provides secure multi-department, multi-user access to verify, monitor, and analyze energy usage and rates. With this tool and coordination with State facility and energy managers the GOE with can help target buildings with inefficient energy use, and report the State's progress toward its commitment to reduce energy consumption pursuant to NRS 701.215.

          According to Lucid's BuildingOS website the software has eight solution parameters:

          1. Visibility & Reporting: By aggregating portfolio-wide data, the powerful reporting engine ensures that employees across the enterprise can instantly access and share reports, resulting in quick, measurable productivity gains.
          2. Utility Bill Management: Automate the collection of utility data directly from the meter, making it easy to analyze bill trends and ensure the accuracy of monthly bills.
          3. Measurement & Verification: Allows teams to quickly and seamlessly understand the return on efficiency investments, arming facilities teams with the data they need to make the case for projects.
          4. Budgeting & Planning: Finance teams can make stronger, data-driven decisions about short- and long-term capital planning, which enables accurate forecasts across departments.
          5. Building Efficiency: Uses real-time data to enable teams to identify operational efficiency opportunities in their buildings, driving action and enabling ongoing savings over the long-term.
          6. Benchmarking: Simplifies an otherwise complicated and cumbersome process by integrating with Energy Star Portfolio Manager and providing automated two-way reporting.
          7. Occupant Engagement: Empower your occupants to become active participants in energy management.
          8. Tenant Insights: Easily and accurately generates tenant-level views of costs and consumption.

          The State Owned Building database of the 500 largest buildings has been constructed, to populate historical natural gas and water usage from twenty-four (24) months previous and electrical consumption since 2005, where possible, for the majority of the facilities. Buildings include, but are not limited to: Administration, Corrections, Cultural Affairs, Health & Human Services, The Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE), Public Safety and Wildlife.

          These buildings are located throughout the State of Nevada and through the implementation of this project, Nevada will develop effective energy conservation initiatives and reduce our Greenhouse Gas emissions.