CBECS: Major Survey Of Energy Profiles Of Commercial Buildings

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First Wave of the 2012 Commercial Building Energy Consumption Survey (CBECS) Released

The first sets of data from the 2012 Commercial Building Energy Consumption Survey (CBECS) were released last week in Washington, DC. The data, which is one of several sets to be released by the US Energy Information Administration (EIA) over the next several months, provides important insights into the national commercial buildings profile and energy use.

The CBECS takes four years to complete from start to finish and the data is referred to by the year of the survey initiation.

What Is The CBRECS?

The CBECS is a national sample survey that collects information on the stock of U.S. commercial buildings, including their energy-related building characteristics and energy usage data (consumption and expenditures). Commercial buildings include all buildings in which at least half of the floorspace is used for a purpose that is not residential, industrial, or agricultural. By this definition, CBECS includes building types that might not traditionally be considered commercial, such as schools, hospitals, correctional institutions, and buildings used for religious worship, in addition to traditional commercial buildings such as stores, restaurants, warehouses, and office buildings.

This initial data set identified more than 100 unique subcategories of building types within the commercial sector, comprising 87.4 billion square feet of floorspace. Buildings used for lodging were shown to be the largest building type measured in square footage. Half of all building types increased in number from 2003 to 2012. The last CBECS was completed in 2003.
Please visit the CBECS web site to learn more about the survey and the data available.


Building characteristics (BC) preliminary estimates
Released June 2014
BC detailed tables
Fall 2014
BC public use microdata
Winter 2014
Consumption & expenditures (C&E) preliminary estimates
Spring 2015
C&E detailed tables
Fall 2015
C&E public use microdata
Winter 2015

For more information on the CBECS survey, please contact Stephanie Spear of NAR Commercial Policy at 202-383-1018.

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