Using our knowledge and experience of energy management and project quantification, AIMS integrates with industry services to make your life a little easier. Avoid double data entry when meeting municipal benchmarking ordinances. Other people have gone to the trouble to collated the details of electricity tariffs so you don't have to (at least for the United States). Climate data available at the push of a button and carbon emissions automatically calculated, all at no extra charge! If you know of an integration that you think might be useful, contact us to let us know.
Nearly 25% of U.S. commercial building space is already actively benchmarking in the US EPA's ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager, making it the industry-leading benchmarking tool. It also serves as the national benchmarking tool in Canada. However, it offers benchmarking for commercial buildings anywhere in the world.
ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager's web services are a suite of RESTful web services that allow you to exchange data with Portfolio Manager. AIMS is integrated for energy, water and waste as well as utility consumption and cost data and performance indicators such as weather normalized Energy Use Indicators and Energy Star Scores. Automated utility data collection is also available for selected regions of the United States.
The Utility Rate Database (URDB) from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory is a free storehouse of rate structure information from utilities in the United States. The URDB includes rates for utilities based on the authoritative list of U.S. utility companies maintained by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration. Rates have been contributed for 3,829 EIA-recognized utility companies, updated on an annual basis.
Rates are also available for Canada, Mexico and Colombia, with more countries being added all the time.
The Prediction Of Worldwide Energy Resources (POWER) project was initiated to improve upon the current renewable energy data set and to create new data sets from new satellite systems. The POWER project targets three user communities: (1) Renewable Energy, (2) Sustainable Buildings, and (3) Agroclimatology. The Sustainable Buildings Archive is designed to provide industry-friendly parameters for the buildings community, to include parameters in multi-year monthly averages.
Greenhouse Gas Emission Factors
Greenhouse gas emissions increasing have a financial value, as can be seen from this map. Understanding the carbon emissions from your operations and projects can be challenging, particularly if is far removed from your core activities. This is especially true of electricity carbon emission factors which vary with geography and time.
AIMS integrates with a range sources of carbon emission factors from around the world to help you understand the carbon implications of your operations and efficiency projects. Our Decarbonization Decision Support module helps you relate your projects to external carbon price signals to maximize project realization and manage carbon financial risk.
Sources include the US EPA's eGrid, the European Association of Issuing Bodies, the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change as well as a host of national governments. Custom values can also be entered to align with other emission factors sources used for Environmental Social & Governance (ESG) reporting such as the International Energy Agency.
If you have unique circumstances, such as onsite generation, microgrids, or unconventional energy sources, we will work with you to identify a carbon accounting methodology that will meet you needs.