B3: Buildings, Benchmarking, and Beyond



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What is Benchmarking?

As the saying goes, “You can’t manage what you don’t measure.” Benchmarking is a highly practical way to measure energy use in your public buildings and is the first step in managing your energy costs. Benchmarking helps local governments decide which buildings would benefit most from operational changes. It also allows you to monitor progress as you invest in your community’s infrastructure. B3 Screenshot

Buildings, Benchmarking and Beyond, more commonly known as B3, is a free software
created for local governments to benchmark their public buildings. Using B3 involves
entering the last year or more of energy use for city-owned buildings, followed by minimal
monthly updates as you receive new energy bills.

Visit the B3 homepage: mn.b3benchmarking.com.

To create an account for your local unit of government click here


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B3 Resources for New Users

Video with an overview of B3 features and benchmarking tools:

Video showing you how to create an account and add buildings:

Tips for Current B3 Users

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Minnesota Department of Commerce University of Minnesota Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships and Extension Great Plains Institute Southwest Regional Development Commission