Energy Management Information Systems

The Energy Management Information Systems (EMIS) team launched in 2012 to address the broad and rapidly evolving family of tools and services for managing commercial building energy use. These technologies include energy information systems (EIS), equipment-specific fault detection and diagnostic systems, benchmarking and utility tracking tools, and building automation systems.

EMIS can enable significant energy savings, often with rapid payback, and businesses are still learning how to apply these technologies. The EMIS team works with Better Buildings Alliance members to capture their experiences, make the business case for using these technologies, and to disseminate these findings to increase market adoption of EMIS.

Contact us to join the Energy Management Information Systems team or for additional information.

Tools & Resources

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Prior research in energy information systems, including projects, publications, and presentations.

Energy Information Handbook (electronic) (hardcopy)
An instructional resource on the use of utility, interval meter data, and system-level data to improve operational efficiency.

Energy Information Systems: State of the Technology and User Case Studies
A 2009 report documenting EIS features and capabilities, a review of several vendors tools, and case studies.

The Building Performance Tracking Handbook: Continuous Improvement for Every Building
A resource from the California Commissioning Collaborative regarding a comprehensive process for performance improvement, including the use of EMIS.

Energy Management Information Systems: Achieving Improved Energy Efficiency An instructional guide for the understanding and implementation of EMIS, published by the Office of Energy Efficiency of Natural Resources Canada.

Handbook of Web Based Energy Information and Control Systems, Web Based Enterprise and Building Automation Systems, Web Based Energy Information and Control Systems
Three edited volumes by Barney L. Capehart and other authors.

  • Beaumont Health System
  • Best Buy
  • Boston Market
  • Food Lion
  • Glenborough
  • Hospital Corporation of America
  • Jones Lang LaSalle*
  • Kimco Realty
  • Legacy Health System
  • Lowe's Companies
  • Mayo Clinic
  • New York-Presbyterian Hospital*
  • PETCO Animal Supplies
  • PetSmart
  • Prudential Financial
  • Publix Super Markets
  • Staples*
  • Summa Health System
  • Tishman Speyer Properties
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • University of Maryland Medical Center
  • University of Pittsburgh Medical Center*
  • Walmart Stores
  • WaWa
  • Wendy's Quality Supply Chain Co-op

* Steering Committee member
Members in bold have taken the Better Buildings Challenge