CABA Information Series
(IS-2013-68) The Building Performance Tracking Handbook
This handbook was created to introduce the basic concepts behind building performance tracking for commercial buildings. While geared toward medium to large buildings or portfolios of buildings, many of these same concepts apply to smaller commercial buildings. Building performance tracking is a strategy to help building owners ensure that mechanical and electrical systems operate as intended and that energy use is not higher than necessary. The handbook content was developed through a California Commissioning Collaborative research project, which discovered several key findings about building performance tracking today: building performance tracking is typically an informal process that varies considerably among building owners and managers. Sophisticated software and hardware tools are available, but it’s not always clear how to compare the wide variety and select the most suitable option.