AIA 2030 Commitment Baselines

Defining consistent and relevant baselines is important to establishing meaningful benchmarks to track progress and compare performance.

The AIA 2030 Commitment uses CBECS 2003 (Commercial Building Energy Consumption Survey) and RECS 2001 (Residential Energy Consumption Survey) as the baseline energy use intensity for whole building projects. Interiors projects are baselined against ASHRAE 90.1 2007 lighting power density (LPD) values. These baselines were set at the onset because they were the best available US data sets. 

Experienced 2030 Commitment reporters recognize that there are different approaches to establishing baselines, which can cause confusion. The intent of this guide is to clearly define a recommended process for establishing baselines, and provide guidance for situations with particular challenges.

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Recommended Process for Establishing 2030 Baselines:


  1. Use ENERGY STAR Target Finder whenever possible.
  2. Some use types such as laboratories are not available, or cannot be accurately benchmarked, in Target Finder. When possible use alternative benchmarking tools like Labs21 for these use types.
  3. Consider using the EDGE tool for baselining international projects.
  4. Check to make sure your %savings is reasonable.