How you choose to treat un-metered usage depends on why you are benchmarking. Since usage that isn't metered can't be measured, there isn't a method to directly account for it in Portfolio Manager. Instead, consider the scenarios and options below.
- If you're benchmarking in order to comply with a state or local ordinance and the un-metered usage is of a type you're required to submit, please contact your local benchmarking program (see this FAQ for contact info) to get specific guidance for how to be in compliance. In some cases, if the usage is required for local benchmarking or other reporting mandates, you may need to install metering to be able to track and submit your data.
- If you're benchmarking in order to apply for ENERGY STAR Certification and it is an energy fuel source that's un-metered, you'll need to install metering in order to receive certification. Un-metered water usage won't affect ENERGY STAR Certification eligibility, but it could affect your Water Score if it's a multi-family housing property.
- If you aren't benchmarking for one of the above reasons and you would like to see the rough usage included in your property's metrics and you have a way to estimate about how much you are using, you can add estimated entries as described in this FAQ.
- If you're benchmarking for your own purposes and it's not a type of usage you need to track (e.g. you're working on improving energy efficiency only and it's an un-metered water well), you can omit the un-metered usage but should document it. In this scenario, it would be good to add a note to the Details tab of the property in Portfolio Manager and in any other related documentation kept by your organization.