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The Energy Benchmarking Tool (Beta Version)

CIBSE is excited to launch a new energy benchmarking tool. The online platform will use energy data as it becomes available to provide relevant and reliable benchmarks that represent the current trends of energy use in buildings.

Register or log in to access the energy benchmarking tool

The platform is currently in Beta version which is intended to test the user experience and inform its future development. If you have any comments please email

Find out more about the new tool by watching the webinar or by selecting the different elements on the example dashboard below.

The slides for this webinar can be downloaded from the Links to other resources section.
* Please note that the curve is a graphical representation of the cumulative distribution based on the sample that is available for each benchmark category.

Access the energy benchmarking tool - Beta version


  • A new method for the production of energy benchmarks (see links to resources explaining the new methodology below).
  • A dynamic way to present energy benchmarks in a graphical format (based on the cumulative frequency distribution*) with interactive features as illustrated below, as well as in a tabular format.
  • Regional (geographic and climate regions) as well as national energy benchmarks.
  • Capacity for regular updates without having to wait for the longer revision cycle of printed publications.
  • Once the full version is released, a version control facility will be available which will provide annual energy benchmarks.

Using benchmarks to assist with the evaluation of operational energy use is a valuable way of making informed decisions relating to the design and operation of buildings.

This platform aims to gradually update and replace the energy benchmarks in table 20.1 of CIBSE Guide F: Energy Efficiency in Buildings. Currently the majority of the energy benchmarks available in the platform are a direct transfer from the latest edition of Guide F, table 20.1. Revised benchmarks have been introduced for some building types (see below) which are based on the Display Energy Certificates (these covered more than 120k DECs – for details, see full report) analysed by UCL under a jointly sponsored project.

Revised energy benchmarks for selected building types in the following categories:

  • Education – Schools
  • Entertainment
  • Hospitals
  • Local Authority Buildings
  • Offices
  • Primary health care
  • Public buildings
  • Sports and recreation

Although a limited number of energy benchmarks by building types has been revised so far, the building types covered by DEC data represent significant floor area and capital investment.

Links to other resources