Energy Use by Building Type


Total Major Fuel Consumption by Building Type

  • Commercial buildings in the U.S. used a total of approximately 5.7 quadrillion Btu of all major fuels (electricity, natural gas, fuel oil, and district steam or hot water) in 1999.
  • Office buildings used the most total energy of all the building types, which was not a surprise since they were the most common commercial building type and had an above average energy intensity.

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Major Fuel Consumption per Building by Building Type

  • Because there were relatively few inpatient health care buildings and they tend to be large, energy intensive buildings, their energy consumption per building was far above that of any other building type.

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Major Fuel Consumption per Square Foot by Building Type

  • Buildings types that are more likely to contain specialized, high energy-consuming equipment—food service (cooking and ventilation equipment), inpatient health care (medical equipment), and food sales (refrigeration)—were the most energy-intensive types, all using at least twice as much energy per square foot as the average commercial building.
    Figure showing major fuel consumption per square foot by building type.  If you need assistance viewing this page, please call 202-586-8800.

Major Fuel Consumption per Square Foot per Hour by Building Type

  • When the hours of building operation were taken into account, building types that are characterized by long working hours had a lower energy intensity than those that are normally used for shorter periods of time.
  • Inpatient health, which used the most energy per square foot, became relatively less intensive when operating hours were taken into account, since hospitals are typically open around the clock.
  • Education buildings, on the other hand, which are in use for shorter periods of time, become relatively more intensive than when looking just at energy use per square foot.
    Figure showing major fuel consumption per square foot per hour by building type.  If you need assistance viewing this page, please call 202-586-8800.

About pcholakis

Exceptional cross sector domain knowledge and expertise in facilities life-cycle management and total cost of ownership applicable. Seminal thinker on TCO (total cost of ownership) applicable to the construction and facilities management industry and key professional associations - National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS), FFC, APPA, NASFA, IFMA, COAA, Center for Job Order Contracting Excellence .... Proven ability to develop broad based “best-practices” and develop services and products for deployment via technology Broad-based experience includes: Board Member - The Center for Job Order Contracting Excellence NBIMS 3.0 Planning Committee NBIMS 3.0 Terminology Committee - Chair Noted Author for Professional Publications Facility Life-cycle Management Practices U.S. Patents – (2) Software and Business Solutions Development Central role in development of Capital Planning and Management Systems - CMPS - concept @ VFA, Inc. Strategic Business Planning Senior Consultant - RSMeans Company Inc. Staff Leadership and Development Strategic Partnering Troubleshooting / Problem Resolution CMO for leading provider of cost estimating and project management software and solutions to the DODand non-DOD Federal Government Sector, State/County/Local Governments, Education, Healthcare and software provider for RSMeans JOCWorks. Former Senior Consultant for RS Means / Reed Business Information – Strategic partnering with BIM and cost estimating software OEMs as well as large end user accounts. Established VFA as thought leader in the facilities consulting and condition assessment industry. Defined the CPMS (Capital Planning and Management Solutions) strategic concept effectively bringing it to a market that VFA dominated for years including the higher education and government segments Associations/Committees American Society of Professional Estimators American Society of Safety Engineers Association for the Advancement of Cost Engineering Construction Owners Association of America Smart Building Alliance Society of American Military Engineers Committees BIM Library Committee - National Institute for Building Sciences (NIBS) - buildingSMARTalliance™ National Building Information Model (NBIM) Standard Project Committee- buildingSMARTalliance™ Building Modeling Information Group - CSI – Construction Specifications Institute
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