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CBECS Data Visualization Infographics

Sponsored by Idaho Power, the University of Idaho Integrated Design Lab (UI-IDL) developed this series of infographics to communicate how four different building types consume energy on regional and national levels.

Data Source

Our infographics use data gathered from The Commercial Buildings Energy Consumption Survey (CBECS), which is a nationwide sample survey of commercial buildings and their energy suppliers conducted every four years by the Energy Information Administration (EIA). The survey collects key benchmark information on U.S. commercial buildings, their characteristics and how they consume energy. It is used by private and public stakeholders to track industry progress, inform policy decisions, and gain a high-level understanding of how similar buildings compare. Architects and engineers can also use this information to set goals and prioritize energy efficiency measures during the design process for high performance projects.

Infographics and Spreadsheets

These infographics make detailed consumption data easily accessible to design teams without having to filter the CBECS database themselves. CBECS information is also available as public use microdata spreadsheets. These spreadsheets contain detailed information from the full building characteristics survey and provided the information for our infographics.

Currently, there are five double-sided 11x17" infographics. The first is an introduction to the project and the CBECS database. The next four specifically delve into the office, retail, education and lodging building type.

Contact IDL

Integrated Design Lab

Physical Address:

322 E. Front St. Suite 360A
Boise ID 83712

Phone: 208-364-4621