Metrics in motion: Exploring energy in Arc

Gautami Palanki
April 25, 2018

Companies around the world are choosing Arc to help drive stronger building performance. Today, nearly one billion square feet of space is being tracked globally, with the intention of creating healthier, more sustainable spaces for all.

Arc is the first platform to use a global performance scoring system to engage any building or portfolio in managing and benchmarking data. Arc’s performance score reflects the outcomes from strategies used during all phases—design, construction and ongoing operations.

This article is the first in a series that will cover each of Arc’s five metric categories: Energy, Water, Waste, Transportation and Human Experience.

The Energy metric in Arc

For buildings, Arc’s energy performance score is based on carbon emissions. It reflects a building’s carbon efficiency as a score between 0 and 100. A building with a higher score indicates lower carbon emissions.

Carbon is a key factor in mitigating the impact of climate change. Through Arc, buildings can clearly track their own impact and take steps to reduce emissions.

The energy score is determined using energy consumption data for a building, which is then converted to equivalent carbon emissions (CO2e). Arc’s robust system tracks electricity, as well as various fuel sources, such as on-site renewable energy, gas and steam.

Arc recalculates the energy score every day to account for the most recent 365 days of information, which means it directly reflects the building’s activities and strategies.

Higher scores are increasingly harder to achieve. If a building has an energy score of 100, it means that building has net zero carbon emissions from energy use. Arc is an ideal solution for buildings working toward a net zero carbon goal.

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Analytics and continual improvement

In addition to its performance score, Arc’s analytics help you understand energy usage and impact. Arc shows carbon consumption per occupant and per square foot, giving teams more insight into the performance that resulted from their decisions.

To encourage continual improvement, Arc provides local and regional average scores for the overall performance, as well as each of the five category scores, including energy. This way teams can compare performance to other buildings in a state or province within the country or globally.

The ability to compare performance becomes incredibly valuable when tracking an entire portfolio. It encourages transparency, identifies high performers and reveals opportunities for improvement. As building owners and managers work to improve sustainability, Arc provides a clear way to demonstrate progress to investors, tenants and other stakeholders.

If your building is LEED-certified, it is already in Arc. Log into the platform at using your USGBC login information to see your score and start tracking today.

Learn more about scoring and analytics with the Arc 101 YouTube playlist.

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