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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.

    Country

    City

Climate Zone

    Equivalent

    U.S. Zip Code

    Argentina

    Buenos Aires

    38104

    Australia

    Melbourne

    38104

    Australia

    Perth

    89101

    Australia

    Sydney

    38104

    Austria

    Vienna (Wiener Neustadt)

    60602

    Bahamas

    Nassau

    33130

    Belgium

    Brussels

    98181

    Brazil

    Brasilia

    77010

    Brazil

    Rio de Janeiro

    33130

    Brazil

    Sao Paulo

    77010

    Bulgaria

    Sophia

    98181

    Chile

    Santiago

    98181

    China

    Beijing

    21202

    China

    Chengdu/Chongqing

    38104

    China

    Guangzhou

    77010

    China

    Hainan

    33130

    China

    Harbin

    59601

    China

    Hong Kong

    33130

    China

    Shanghai/Nanjing

    38104

    China

    Shenyang

    55402

    China

    Urumqi

    55402

    China

    Wuhan

    38104

    China

    Xi'an

    21202

    China

    Yumen

    59601

    Columbia

    Cartagena

    33130

    Costa Rica

    San Jose (Juan Santamaria Int)

    77010

    Egypt

    Cairo/Giza

    85004

    El Salvador (Guatemala)

    San Salvador (Guatemala)

    77010

    France

    Marseille

    94109

    France

    Paris

    94109

    Germany

    Berlin

    98181

    Germany

    Frankfurt

    98181

    Germany

    Munich

    98181

    Guam

    Hagatna

    33130

    Haiti

    (DominicanRepublic)

    Port-au-Prince (Santo domingo)

    33130

    India

    Bangalore

    33130

    India

    Cochin

    33130

    India

    Delhi

    33130

    India

    Hyberabad

    33130

    India

    Kolkata

    33130

    India

    Mumbai

    33130

    Indonesia

    Jakarta

    33130

    Ireland

    Dublin

    98181

    Israel

    Jerusalem

    38104

    Italy

    Rome

    94109

    Italy

    Syracuse

    85004

    Italy

    Milan

    21202

    Japan

    Tokyo

    38104

    Jordan

    Amman

    89101

    Kenya

    Nairobi

    94109

    Korea

    Seoul

    21202

    Kuwait

    Kuwait City

    no comp

    Malaysia

    Kuala Lumpur

    33130

    Mexico

    Acapulco (Puerto Vallarta)

    33130

    Mexico

    Cabo (Puerto Vallarta)

    no comp

    Mexico

    Cancun

    33130

    Mexico

    Mexico City

    89101

    Mexico

    Monterrey

    89101

    Mexico

    Oaxaca (Guanajuato)

    38104

    Mexico

    Puerto Vallarta

    33130

    Mexico

    Veracruz

    21202

    Nicaragua

    Managua

    33130

    Norway

    Oslo

    55402

    Panama

    Panama City (Marcos A Gelabert I)

    33130

    Peru

    Lima

    85004

    Philippines

    Manila

    33130

    Portugal

    Lisbon

    21202

    Puerto Rico

    San Juan

    33130

    Qatar

    Doha

    no comp

    Russia

    Moscow

    55402

    Russia

    St. Petersburg

    59601

    Saudi Arabia

    Jeddah

    no comp

    Saudi Arabia

    Riyadh

    33130

    Senegal

    Dakar

    no comp

    Singapore

    Singapore

    33130

    South Africa

    Johannesburg

    87102

    Switzerland

    Zurich

    60602

    Taiwan

    Taipei

    77010

    Thailand

    Bangkok

    33130

    Tunisia

    Tunis

    89101

    Turkey

    Istanbul

    21202

    United Arab Emirates

    Abu Dhabi/Dubai

    no comp

    United Kingdom

    Belfast

    60602

    United Kingdom

    Edinburgh

    60602

    United Kingdom

    London

    21202

    United Kingdom

    Manchester

    60602

    Vietnam

    Hanoi

    33130

    Vietnam

    Ho Chi Minh City

    33130

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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