Utility Benchmarking

Multifamily Utility Benchmarking Toolkit

HUD Resource

This toolkit provides specific guidance and useful tools to help you benchmark the energy and water performance of your multifamily properties. The comprehensive guide is organized into three sections.

  1. Benchmarking 101
  2. Utility Benchmarking Step-by-Step
  3. Policies and Programs

Date Published: April 2017

Multifamily Utility Benchmarking Webinar Series

HUD Resource

This webinar series introduces participants to HUD's Multifamily Utility Benchmarking Toolkit, including specific guidance and tools HUD has developed to facilitate, encourage, and streamline the benchmarking of energy and water performance at multifamily properties.

This series includes webinars on the following topics:

  1. Introduction to Multifamily Utility Benchmarking and HUD's New Toolkit
  2. Creating a Plan and Managing Data for Multifamily Utility Benchmarking
  3. Collecting the Data for Utility Benchmarking of Multifamily Properties
  4. Using Software and Entering Data for Multifamily Utility Benchmarking
  5. Sharing Multifamily Utility Benchmarking Results and Building on Success

Date Published: April - May 2017

Multifamily Utility Benchmarking Plan Template

HUD Resource

This optional tool is designed to help multifamily housing providers gather, manage, and maintain the information and data necessary to undertake utility benchmarking. The instructions guide users to catalog their properties and enter their property and utility data in ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager®.

Date Published: April 2017

Multifamily Utility Data Collection Database

HUD Resource

Utility benchmarking can be challenging in multifamily properties with tenant-paid utility accounts, because each utility provider requires property owners to follow a different procedure for requesting tenant-paid utility data. To make things easier, HUD is incrementally cataloging utility providers’ procedures for requesting tenant-paid utility data, whole-property data, and automatic data transfer. It contains the following information:

  • Database: Documents the process for requesting utility data from many of the major utility providers in the United States, and the format(s) in which these utility providers share data
  • Rubric: Shows a scoring rubric used to develop a user-friendliness score for each utility provider
  • Regional Benchmarking Mandates: Outlines many of the local utility benchmarking laws that apply to multifamily properties

Tenant-Paid Utility Data Sampling Calculator

HUD Resource

This optional tool is designed to help multifamily housing providers create an appropriate sample set for utility benchmarking and utility allowance schedules under applicable requirements. The instructions guide users to enter information about their properties and utility meters, or this information can be imported automatically from a completed Multifamily Utility Benchmarking Plan Template.

Date Published: April 2017

Federal Partner Resource

ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager®

You've heard it before: you can't manage what you don't measure. That's why EPA created ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager®, a free online tool you can use to measure and track energy and water consumption. Use it to benchmark the performance of one building or a whole portfolio of buildings, all in a secure online environment.