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Energy Management and
Information Systems (EMIS)

Energy Management and Information Systems

Energy management and information systems (EMIS) are a family of smart building analytics technologies used to reveal hidden energy waste and provide predictive, optimized control.

These software systems are critical to achieving major reductions in energy use, healthy, grid-interactive buildings, and energy performance transparency.

Data collection: Sensors, meters, IoT devices
Data Warehouse: Integrates and organizes building data
Data Analytics: Transmits actionable information to building engineer
Monitoring: Tracks improvements and measures savings
Implementation: Building engineer reviews analytics and makes repairs or improvements

In contrast to efficient equipment, EMIS offer a software-based process tool for owners, operators, and facility managers to proactively manage comfort, system performance, and utility costs - user engagement and management leadership are essential to unlocking the power of EMIS.

The buildings community is increasingly aware of the promise of EMIS, yet there have been many questions about the best practice uses, achievable savings, and cost effectiveness of this emerging technology.


In 2016

, the US Department of Energy and Berkeley Lab, with organizing partners BOMA (Building Owners and Managers Association), IFMA (International Facility Management Association), Commonwealth Edison, and the Building Commissioning Association (BCxA), launched the Smart Energy Analytics Campaign - a public-private partnership with the nation’s leading edge businesses and public sector organizations to:
- Catalyze EMIS adoption
- Provide technical assistance to EMIS users to maximize achieved value
- Create the largest existing dataset on building analytics costs, benefits, and uses

By 2020:

  • 104 campuses and enterprises joined the Smart Energy Analytics Campaign

  • Participants were using EMIS in over 600M sf of commercial building floor space

  • Participants' EMIS were driving projected savings of $95M/yr and 4TBtu/yr

We felt confident in the success of our new EMIS installation, drawing on the support, networking, and resources from the Department of Energy's Smart Energy Analytics Campaign.

-Jessica Loeper, Director of Sustainability, CommonWealth Partners

The Better Buildings Initiative and Berkeley Lab have partnered to provide pivotal resources—and the facilities management profession needs tools such as those used by the Smart Energy Analytics Campaign—to analyze and control energy consumption. The International Facility Management Association (IFMA) is privileged to be an Organizing Partner for this and other Campaigns launched through the Better Buildings Initiative.

-Dean Stanberry, IFMA


EMIS Offer Proven Savings
and Return on Investment

The data generated through the Campaign provides industry with the largest existing body of evidence of the value of EMIS and expected payback.

A one-pager summarizes the business case for EMIS adoption and how it was established.

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different EMIS products implemented
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for all organizations
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for the median portfolio
Our business and the industry as a whole have really benefited from Berkeley Lab's assessment of EMIS cost effectiveness - they are a credible, trustworthy voice for our clients.

-John Petze, Co-founder, SkyFoundry

The research behind these findings is published in a 2020 report.

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Many Can Benefit
from EMIS

Equipped with knowledge of the strong business case for EMIS adoption, stakeholders can now take action to reap the benefits.

Policy makers

incorporate EMIS to enhance building tune-ups, streamline performance tracking, and supplement disclosure initiatives.
DOE's Smart Energy Analytics Campaign provided valuable support and recognition to our customers using EMIS to find energy-saving strategies to improve their building operation.

-Rick Tonielli, Sr. Energy Efficiency Program Manager, Commonwealth Edison

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