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    Deriving a Regional Average EUI

An essential feature of the AIA 2030 Commitment reporting tool compares an energy model derived pEUI to an average EUI. The tool’s default average EUI varies by project type and is based on U.S. national averages. For each project, it is recommended that a regional average EUI be obtained in order to make a more meaningful comparison. The following guidance is offered as a means for obtaining regional average site EUIs for use on the Worksheet tab of the tool.

U.S. Projects

The United States has a robust public database of operational building energy use (the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s Commercial Buildings Energy Consumption Survey, or CBECS) and a powerful, free online tool which analyzes this and other data (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star Target Finder). For many building types a regional ‘Median Building Site Energy Use Intensity’ is easily obtained via Target Finder analysis; this number is appropriate for use as a ‘Regional Average Site EUI’. See www.energystar.gov/targetfinder for more information. For building types not analyzed by Target Finder, additional data sources may exist, such as Labs. For example, a regional average EUI for a laboratory project might be obtained by using the Labs21 Energy Benchmarking Tool.

Canada Projects

Canada also has a robust public database of operational building energy use (Natural Resources Canada Office of Energy Efficiency’s Commercial and Institutional Consumption of Energy Survey, or CICES). Architecture 2030 provides ‘Canadian Target Tables’ which summarize relevant CICES data www.architecture2030.org/multimedia/publications. Note: to convert from GJ/m2 to kBtu/sf, multiply by 88.06. (1 GJ = 947.8171 kBtu; 1 m2 = 10.7639 sf)

International Projects

Availability of operational building EUI datasets outside of North America vary by country. If such information is not available for a project location, a climate zone equivalent US zip code and Target Finder can be used to derive a comparative EUI. Refer to the following list of international cities and climate zone equivalent US zip codes. This zip code may be used in Target Finder to yield a regional ‘Median Building Site Energy Use Intensity’ which can be used as a ‘Regional Average Site EUI’ on the Worksheet tab of the AIA 2030 Commitment Reporting Tool.

Continent

Country

City

Climate Zone

Sub-Zone

US Equivalent Zip Code

Africa

Senegal

Dakar

1

B

no comp

Africa

Egypt

Cairo/Giza

2

B

85004

Africa

Kenya

Nairobi

3

C

94109

Africa

South Africa

Johannesburg

4

B

87102

Africa

Tunisia

Tunis

3

B

89101

Asia

China

Beijing

4

A

21202

Asia

China

Chengdu/Chongqing

3

A

38104

Asia

China

Guangzhou

2

A

77010

Asia

China

Hainan

1

A

33130

Asia

China

Harbin

7

-

55806

Asia

China

Hong Kong

1

A

33130

Asia

China

Shanghai/Nanjing

3

A

83104

Asia

China

Shenyang

6

A

55402

Asia

China

Urumqi

6

A

55402

Asia

China

Wuhan

3

A

83104

Asia

China

Xi'an

4

A

21202

Asia

China

Yumen

6

B

59601

Asia

Guam

Hagatna

1

A

33130

Asia

India

Bangalore

1

A

33130

Asia

India

Cochin

1

A

33130

Asia

India

Delhi

1

A

33130

Asia

India

Hyberabad

1

A

33130

Asia

India

Kolkata

1

A

33130

Asia

India

Mumbai

1

A

33130

Asia

Indonesia

Jakarta

1

A

33130

Asia

Israel

Jerusalem

3

A

30301

Asia

Japan

Tokyo

3

A

30301

Asia

Jordan

Amman

3

B

89101

Asia

Korea

Seoul

4

A

21202

Asia

Kuwait

Kuwait City

1

B

None

Asia

Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur

1

A

33130

Asia

Philippines

Manila

1

A

33130

Asia

Qatar

Doha

1

B

None

Asia

Saudi Arabia

Jeddah

1

B

None

Asia

Saudi Arabia

Riyadh

1

A

33130

Asia

Singapore

Singapore

1

A

33130

Asia

Taiwan

Taipei

2

A

77010

Asia

Thailand

Bangkok

1

A

33130

Asia

Turkey

Istanbul

4

A

21202

Asia

United Arab Emirates

Abu Dhabi/Dubai

1

B

None

Asia

Vietnam

Hanoi

1

A

33130

Asia

Vietnam

Ho Chi Minh City

1

A

33130

Australia

Australia

Melbourne

3

A

83104

Australia

Australia

Perth

3

B

89101

Australia

Australia

Sydney

3

A

83104

Europe

Austria

Vienna (Wiener Neustadt)

5

A

60602

Europe

Belgium

Brussels

5

A

60602

Europe

Bulgaria

Sophia

5

A

60602

Europe

France

Marseille

4

A

21202

Europe

France

Paris

4

A

21202

Europe

Germany

Berlin

5

A

60602

Europe

Germany

Frankfurt

5

A

60602

Europe

Germany

Munich

5

A

60602

Europe

Ireland

Dublin

5

A

60602

Europe

Italy

Rome

4

A

21202

Europe

Italy

Syracuse

3

A

30301

Europe

Italy

Milan

4

A

21202

Europe

Norway

Oslo

6

A

55402

Europe

Portugal

Lisbon

4

A

21202

Europe

Russia

Moscow

6

A

55402

Europe

Russia

St. Petersburg

7

-

55806

Europe

Switzerland

Zurich

5

A

60602

Europe

United Kingdom

Belfast

5

A

60602

Europe

United Kingdom

Edinburgh

5

A

60602

Europe

United Kingdom

London

4

A

21202

Europe

United Kingdom

Manchester

5

A

60602

N. America

Bahamas

Nassau

1

A

33130

N. America

Costa Rica

San Jose (Juan Santamaria Int)

2

A

77010

N. America

El Salvador (Guatemala)

San Salvador (Guatemala)

2

A

77010

N. America

Haiti (DominicanRepublic)

Port-au-Prince (Santo domingo)

1

A

33130

N. America

Mexico

Acapulco (Puerto Vallarta)

1

A

33130

N. America

Mexico

Cabo (Puerto Vallarta)

1

B

None

N. America

Mexico

Cancun

1

A

33130

N. America

Mexico

Mexico City

3

B

89101

N. America

Mexico

Monterrey

3

B

89101

N. America

Mexico

Oaxaca (Guanajuato)

3

A

38104

N. America

Mexico

Puerto Vallarta

1

A

33130

N. America

Mexico

Veracruz

4

A

21202

N. America

Nicaragua

Managua

1

A

33130

N. America

Panama

Panama City (Marcos A Gelabert I)

1

A

33130

N. America

Puerto Rico

San Juan

1

A

33130

S. America

Argentina

Buenos Aires

3

A

38104

S. America

Brazil

Brasilia

2

A

77010

S. America

Brazil

Rio de Janeiro

1

A

33130

S. America

Brazil

Sao Paulo

2

A

77010

S. America

Chile

Santiago

4

C

98181

S. America

Columbia

Cartagena

1

A

33130

S. America

Peru

Lima

2

B

85004

For locations which are not included on this list, the Climate Zone Equivalent US Zip Code Calculator tool may be used to establish a climate zone equivalent US zip code. Though equivalent US zip codes do not exist for all international locations, this will be a helpful method for many international projects, with use types included in Target Finder.

 

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