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The Energy Benchmarking Tool

CIBSE’s Energy Benchmarking Tool is an online platform which uses energy data as it becomes available to provide relevant and reliable benchmarks that represent the current trends of energy use in buildings.

Register or log in to access the energy benchmarking tool

*The interactive dashboard below provides a simulation of the tool's elements and features using schools as an example.  The full dashboard offers a range of other building types.


If you have any comments or suggestions about the tool please email

Access the energy benchmarking tool


  • A new method for the production of energy benchmarks (see links to resources explaining the new methodology below).
  • A dynamic presentation of energy benchmarks in a graphical format (based on the cumulative frequency distribution*) with interactive features.
  • Regional (geographic and climate regions) as well as national energy benchmarks.
  • A version control facility which provides annual energy benchmarks.
  • Regular updates without having to wait for the longer revision cycle of printed publications.
    • June 2021, new domestic energy benchmarks added
    • April 2021, new higher education energy benchmarks added
    • January 2021, new prison energy benchmarks added

Energy benchmarks can assist with the evaluation of operational energy use and is a valuable way of making informed decisions relating to the design and operation of buildings.

Find out more about the new tool by watching the webinar below.

The slides for this webinar can be downloaded from the Links to other resources section.

This platform aims to gradually update and replace the energy benchmarks in table 20.1 of CIBSE Guide F: Energy Efficiency in Buildings. Currently, most of the energy benchmarks available in the platform are a direct transfer from the latest edition of Guide F, table 20.1. Revised benchmarks have been introduced for some building types (see below) which are based on various datasets (source is indicated in each building type display page).

Revised energy benchmarks for selected building types in the following categories:

  • Education – Schools
  • Entertainment
  • Hospitals
  • Local Authority Buildings
  • Offices
  • Primary health care
  • Public buildings
  • Sports and recreation
  • Domestic
  • Prisons
  • Higher education

CIBSE is investing on the ongoing development of the energy benchmarks and the tool. A five year collaboration with UCL aims to revise as many of the energy benchmarks of the existing building types as possible and add new building types (e.g. domestic) whenever new datasets become available. Work is also underway to further develop the tool (phase 2) and allow a more interactive user interface with personilised profile pages, exemplar case studies etc. 

Links to other resources