The Complete Guide on Assigning Meters

Measurabl allows users to assign energy and water meters to individual spaces within sites. This feature helps you learn which spaces are driving overall site energy and water performance.

This article is divided into five sections, so feel free to scroll down to the section that best answers your question.

  1. How do I assign meters within the app?
  2. What options do I have for assigning meters?
  3. How are meters imported from ENERGY STAR assigned to spaces?
  4. What happens to meter assignments when a space is deleted?
  5. How does syncing my space data with ENERGY STAR affect meter assignments?

How do I assign meters within the app?
From the landing page, head to the “Sites” tab, then choose the site where you’d like to assign meters to spaces. From there, select the “Utilities” tab and find the meter you want to assign.

In the resulting window, find the “Serving” dropdown menu on the bottom-left: there you’ll be able to assign the meter to a specific space. Once you’re done, click “Save”.  

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You can also assign multiple meters to a space at once from the Utilities page:

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We’ll soon be adding metrics that capture the energy/water usage of each of your spaces, based on the meters you’ve assigned to them. Our regular emails will keep you posted as we get nearer to releasing those metrics.

What options do I have for assigning meters?

We’ve created some ground rules for where users can assign meters, based on how many leasable/common spaces the site has. The biggest one? One umbrella category (Electric, District, Fuel) cannot have some meters assigned to whole site and some meters assigned to an individual space. Meters within a category must be assigned EITHER to the whole site and exterior areas OR to individual spaces and exterior areas. This rule prevents double counting of consumption when calculating a site's performance metrics. 

Other rules include: if a site only has one space, meters can only be assigned to that individual space, not the whole site. Users cannot assign meters to common area on sites that they do not own, they may only assign meters to their leased spaces.

Site is Owned or Leased?

Leasable Spaces

Common Spaces

Can assign meters to:

Owned

1

0

The Leasable Space
Exterior Areas

Owned

>1

0

Any Leasable Space
Exterior Areas
OR
Whole Site
Exterior Areas

Owned

1

1

The Leasable Space
The Common Space
Exterior Areas
OR
Whole Site
Exterior Areas

Owned

>1

1

Any Leasable Space
The Common Space
Exterior Areas
OR
Whole Site
Exterior Areas

Owned

1

>1

The Leasable Space
Any Common Space
Exterior Areas
OR
Whole Site
Exterior Areas

Owned

>1

>1

Any Leasable Space
Any Common Space
Exterior Areas
OR
Whole Site
Exterior Areas

Leased

1

n/a

The Leasable Space

Leased

>1

n/a

Any Leasable Space
OR
Whole Site


How are meters imported from ENERGY STAR assigned to spaces?
All meters that are imported from ENERGY STAR are automatically assigned to “Whole Site” unless: 1) The site has just one space, in which case the meters are assigned to that space, or 2) the site in Measurabl contains meters assigned to common space, in which case the imported meters are assigned as serving the largest common space. After the meters are imported, you can make any needed changes to their assignments.

What happens to meter assignments when a space is deleted?
When a meter is assigned to a space, and that space is deleted, the meter becomes “Unassigned.” You can then assign it to any remaining space on the site.

How are my meter assignments affected by syncing my space data with ENERGY STAR?
As discussed here, you can make changes to your space data directly in Measurabl, unsyncing that space data with ENERGY STAR. If you later resync your space data with ENERGY STAR, any meters that are assigned to spaces that exist in ENERGY STAR will stay assigned to those spaces.

For example, let’s say you have a site in ENERGY STAR that has Spaces 1, 2, and 3. You make edits to those spaces and add a few new ones directly in Measurabl, with none of those changes reflected in ENERGY STAR. You then assign meters A and B to spaces 1 and 2. You later resync the site’s space data with ENERGY STAR. Even with the changes to your space data made by the resync, meters A and B will remain assigned to Spaces 1 and 2.

Make sense? No? Here’s what we mean:

Spaces in ENERGY STAR

Spaces in Measurabl after Unsyncing

Meters Assigned before Resync

Spaces after Resync

Meters Assigned after Resync

Space 1 (original)

Space 1 (updated)

Meter A

Space 1 (original)

Meter A

Space 2 (original)

Space 2 (updated)

Meter B

Space 2 (original)

Meter B

Space 3

Space 3

 

Space 3

 
 

Space 4 (New)

     
 

Space 5 (New)

     

 

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