Another look at "2019 energy benchmarking data for LEED-certified buildings in Washington"
An article entitled "2019 energy benchmarking data for LEED-certified buildings in Washington, D.C.: Simulation and reality" recently appeared in this journal. The central conclusion of that article was that LEED-certified offices in Washington DC used more site and source energy in 2019 than did similar offices that were not LEED-certified. Here I show that this conclusion is backwards, that the DC municipal benchmarking data show that in 2019 LEED offices used 14% less site energy and 12% less source energy than did other DC offices. My conclusion is supported by 1) a previously-published 2016 study of LEED offices in DC, 2) the identification of significant errors and inconsistencies in the "2019 energy benchmarking ...." article and 3) my own analysis of the 2019 DC building benchmarking data.
Scofield, John. 2022. "Another look at '2019 energy benchmarking data for LEED-certified buildings in Washington.'" Journal of Building Engineering 45: 103544.
Journal of Building Engineering
Physics and Astronomy
Building energy, Benchmarking, Green buildings, Energy efficiency, LEED-Certified office buildings