The Small and Medium Building (SMB) Efficiency Toolkit and Community Demonstration program is a $2M CEC-funded program that will create a free, web-based toolkit to identify optimal energy saving retrofits and operational improvements for SMBs – helping small businesses better understand the choices available to reduce their energy bills based on their building characteristics, climate zone, and energy use patterns.
This toolkit will provide a building evaluation that assesses how facilities within a building affect overall energy use. It will also allow building managers to compare energy use to other bench-marked buildings in similar climate conditions to identify optimal energy-saving opportunities.
The tookit team has begun to collect energy usage information to provide essential data for the toolkit. Partnerships with cities will be leveraged to demonstrate the toolkit in some of the Bay Area’s medium-sized municipal office buildings.
For more information, please contact Alison Erlenbach.
- Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
- Bay Area Climate Collaborative
- City of Berkeley
- City of Fremont
- City of Oakland
- City of San Francisco
- City of San Jose
- City of Santa Clara
Broad adoption of the tool in the Bay Area could yield:
- $5.3 million in energy cost savings
- 38.2 GWh electricity savings
- 0.4 Mtherms of natural gas savings
- 36.7 million lbs of CO2e reduction