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Step 3: Compare With Other Facilities

Benchmarking is the practice of comparing your operation's energy consumption with other similar facilities.

Although you may be tempted to compare energy costs, utility prices can vary daily across the country. When benchmarking, it's energy intensity (gigajoules per square metre, or GJ/m²) that really counts.

Energy intensities can vary greatly depending on the type and use of your building. For example, restaurants are usually much more energy intensive than schools. Other factors such as building age, size and region can also influence your benchmarking figures.

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We can help you with Canadian and international benchmarking tools.

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