CBECS 2018 - Idaho Power Climate Region
Engineers, Architects, & Simulationists
Date and Time:
October 25th, 2023 – Noon to 1:00 p.m. MT
Idaho Water Center - Room #150
322 E. Front Street Boise, ID 83702
Parking is available underneath the building or in the adjacent parking garage.
The first hour of parking is free, each subsequent hour is $1.00.
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Sponsored by the Idaho Power Company, the University of Idaho Integrated Design Lab (UI-IDL) developed this series of infographics to communicate how four different building types consume energy on both a regional and national level. The data used to create them has been gathered from The Commercial Buildings Energy Consumption Survey (CBECS), which is a national-level sample survey of commercial buildings and their energy suppliers conducted quadrennially by the Energy Information Administration (EIA).
The survey collects key benchmark information on U.S. commercial buildings, their characteristics, and how they consume energy. It is used by private and public stakeholders to track industry progress and gain a high-level understanding of how similar buildings compare and inform policy decisions.
Architects and engineers can also use this information for goal setting and prioritizing energy efficiency measures within the integrated design process for high performance projects. These infographics make detailed consumption data per building type easily accessible to design teams without having to filter the CBECS database themselves. Information from CBECS is reported on the EIA’s website in the form of summary tables, which provide tabular breakdowns of high-level energy consumption statistics based upon general building characteristics.
The information is also available as public use microdata spreadsheets that can be downloaded, filtered, and organized with much more flexibility than the summary tables. These spreadsheets contain much more detailed information from the building characteristics survey in its entirety and served as the origin of information for this series of infographics.
This lecture will focus on the emerging trends from the 2018 survey as well as comparing and contrasting trends identified in the 2012 survey. Specifically, the data examined from the 2012 and 2018 survey focuses on climate region 1 & 2, more commonly known as 6B & 5B ASHRAE climate zones.