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The Building Energy Explorer (“BEE”) was developed in partnership with Physical Plant as an effort to provide information about energy consumption in UMass Amherst buildings. The project focused on evaluating existing buildings’ annual energy performance across multiple metrics, and contains 6 years (FY 2010 - FY 2015) of building level data for metered buildings. The goal was to establish internal benchmarks for energy use that are linked to space use and building type. In 2013, Green Building Researcher Katherine McCusker published "Measuring, Managing and Visualizing Building Energy Consumption & Carbon Emissions: Benchmarking at the University of Massachusetts Amherst",  which calculated and compared the Energy Use Intensity (EUI) for each metered building on campus.

The BEE  opens on a map of the campus with each building color-coded according to its major use type and extends McCusker’s research to embed available data for FY’10 – FY’15 within each building footprint and in map layers, as well as an attribute table that can be exported for further research. This allows for greater ease in visualizing the information and conducting personalized analysis of energy use in specific buildings. The application is an extension of an ESRI GIS template that utilizes geographic information developed by UMass and the Town of Amherst and includes navigation icons, printing customization tools, background information options, layers, and a legend in the upper-right hand corner. Sustainability researchers Nariman Mostafavi and Mohamad (Soroush) Farzinmoghadam worked on the data normalization and ESRI GIS template customization.

Open the Building Energy Explorer and get started!  If you need more information, please contact Ludmilla Pavlova-Gillham.



Building Energy Explorer

1. Zoom
Use the “+” and “-” icons to zoom in and out. You may also use the middle scroll wheel on your mouse. Click and drag the left mouse button to pan the view, or use the physical arrow keys on your keyboard.

2. Home
Click the home button at any time to reset the view to the default orientation and display settings.

3. Search Bar
Seach UMass campus buildings by entering address and name. Press enter, or select the magnifying glass icon to display search results.

4. About Energy Explorer
Click to learn more about the UMass Energy Benchmarking Explorer and its methodology for developing the data

5. Basemap Gallery
Allows the user to select from a series of pre-defined base underlay maps, including photo imagery, street, and terrain views.

6. Bookmark
Choose from a variety of preset bookmarked views, such as the Southwest Residential Area and North Village Apartments.

7. Draw
Use the draw tools to annotate the view with custom lines, shapes, and text. Click once to choose a shape, select a color scheme from the drop-down menu, then click and drag within the explorer to create your geometry.

8. Print
Click to export the active view as an image or PDF file. Select the “Advanced” button in the print dialog box to access additional options for map scale, extents, image size, and output resolution.

9. Legend
The map is color-coded based on building use type. The legend expands to display a color-coded key. Click the “x” in the right hand corner of the legend dialog box to return to the main explorer.

10. Layer List
The Layer icon opens a list of content layers for Fiscal Year (FY) 2010 – present, which can be toggled on or off and visualized on the map. Users can view the total annual energy utilization consumption of metered buildings by fiscal year, and display campus facilities according to building use type.  

11. Building Information Dialog Box
Hover over a building footprint and click to select it. A dialog box opens and displays the building’s name, use type, ID number, gross square footage (GSF), and annual energy consumption statistics for the most recent fiscal year. Selecting more than one layer of energy use also provides additional pages of energy consumption data.  Select the “x” to close the building information dialog box and return to the main explorer. 

12. Attribute Table
To access the available energy use data, open the attribute data table to view the information. The options tab allows you to filter the information or download a CSV file of the data for your use.

You may also download the Building Energy Explorer User Manual as a PDF.


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