ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager (ESPM) offers the option for users to combine multiple sites underneath a parent, into a “campus” structure. Customers might choose to set up their sites in this manner if:
- It’s the most accurate reflection of their property relationships
- All sites within a campus are considered to be one “asset” for reporting
- Or if consumption data is only available in an aggregated manner
We recommend to only campus properties if they are in close physical proximity to each other, share meters/utility consumption, or need to be consolidated for another reason. This article describes the implications of putting sites into a campus so that customers can determine what configuration will work best for them.
How will the sites appear in Measurabl?
- All child properties will roll into 1 parent property in Measurabl, meaning that across summary pages like Sites, Portfolio Trends, and Data Completeness, only the parent property will be visible.
- Each child property will be represented as a space found in Sites > Edit > Site Profile > Spaces (please note that the names of the Spaces come from the names set up in ESPM as “Use Types”, so if these have been left as the default “Building Use” label, multiple spaces will be listed with that name– these names can be edited in ESPM).
- On the Utility Sync dashboard, child properties will be shown as individual sites to help with categorizing where each utility account should be enrolled under.
- If the account is set up at the child property, the data will be available within the child property in ESPM (and subsequently assigned to the child property’s space in Measurabl)
- If the account is set up at the parent property, it will only be visible at the parent level in ESPM (and subsequently assigned to the whole site floor area in Measurabl)
Pros of Campus-ing
- Combining multiple sites into one means you’ll be paying Measurabl for fewer active sites, as each campus equates to one site.
- If metering is unclear or meters serve multiple buildings, your data can be consolidated within the campus (EX// water meters that serve buildings 1, 2 and 3).
- If you set up Utility Sync accounts under the child properties, the meters will automatically assign to the correct space or child property.
- Depending on how your organization defines an “asset”, the campus may better align with the definition than leaving them as individual sites.
Cons of Campus-ing
- Campuses can’t be benchmarked and certified unless they are one of the following property types:
- K-12 School
- Multifamily Housing
- Senior Care Community
- Because Projects, Audits, Certs/Ratings, Occupancy, Fair Market Value, Lifecycle events DO NOT sync through ESPM, any of these data points stored within child properties will have to be manually copied over to the parent property within Measurabl.
- As the customer needs to be the Property Data Administrator in ESPM for every property being combined into a campus, it can sometimes pose a challenge to get this level of access for each site.
- Combining all the sites together will limit some visibility into metrics for individual sites, as all the consumption data will be rolled up into the parent property.
- ESTAR scores and certifications do not roll up from the child site level.
If you would like to move forward with putting sites into campuses, click here for instructions on how to set it up.