Benchmarking: Going Beyond Mandate Complance


Federal and local building mandates are becoming increasingly rigorous and geographically more widespread. And, if continuous improvement in energy efficiency is the primary driver behind mandate compliance, then surely energy data is the primary vehicle.

As building owners seek to comply with these mandates, greater visibility into their holdings’ performance and energy footprint is essential. That’s where energy data and building performance benchmarking enter the picture.

Energy benchmarking requires comparing one facility’s aggregate electricity, fuel and water consumption to other similar buildings to critically evaluate their relative performances. The benchmarking process evaluates specific building characteristics, such as:

  • Space usage
  • Operation patterns
  • Geography
  • Occupant load

This session will be invaluable for both management and site engineering in exploring:

  • innovative ways to capture insight into site and portfolio-level energy profiles
  • how to optimize decision-making
  • setting goals that best use your organizations resources

The presentation’s goal is to outline how building owners can use energy data to begin – or optimize — benchmarking as a platform to target underperforming sites, recognize high-performers, and track improvements over time.

Presented By

Michael Susa, E.I.T., C.E.M.
Solutions Architect
Schneider Electric, Energy & Sustainabilty Services

Michael Susa is a Solutions Architect for Schneider Electric. He is based in Manhattan and focuses on efficiency projects within commercial real estate. He is experienced in engineering design and energy management consulting.

Since 2015, Michael has served on LEED for New Construction teams, energy modeled for Title 24 design projects, managed the energy mandate compliance of nearly 40 existing buildings in the Metropolitan New York, Boston and Seattle areas, and has led corporate efficiency initiatives across the country. Most recently, Michael has been engaged in providing monitoring-based commissioning solutions for commercial real estate clients.

Michael earned his EIT certification in January 2017, achieved his CEM license in November 2018, passed his CBCP exam in March 2019, and is currently pursuing his PE license in the New York.

Michael graduated from the University of Alabama with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering.