e-Bench has been designed as an interpretive tool suitable for use by everyone within an organization from the Facilities Manager to the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer. e-Bench™ is configured to be viewed as either a dashboard or as a full version. This flexibility means it is suitable for use both by a non-technical and technical or proficient user, in other words by anyone within an organization irrespective of their skill level.
Populating the database with invoice consumption information is relatively straight forward, though collection and entering the facilities or processes attribute data requires a technical knowledge of the specific building or process, but nothing that an organization should not already have available to them.
Public, commercial and industrial organizations that want to verify their suppliers invoices, monitor consumption, benchmark and make improvements in their energy and utility performance. Available internationally.
Required data on energy and utility consumption, e.g. from electricity, gas and water meters, physical attributes, i.e. the floor areas, construction of walls, floors, roof, their materials, thickness, orientation, shape, etc. and utilization information, i.e. hours of business, internal temperature settings, occupancy, widgets produced, etc.
It probably requires more initial data than any other type of database as it has been developed to truly compare apples with apples. However once this data has been entered it may require no further input from a user's perspective as the database has been configured to accept electronic batch files on consumption and data from production or building management systems automatically.
The range of outputs is limitless and is capable of being fully customizable by the user. It verifies and reports on any errors in invoices and / or any unexpected variations in consumption. It reports by individual buildings, process segments and provides it in an easily interpreted format of $, CO2 and kWh. It compares like facilities or processes against the sample average, best and worst and quantifies these differences again in $, CO2 and kWh. Information is available both graphically and in individual reports. There are a range of per-formatted reports but a user can customize and configure it to suit any application or process.
e-Bench has been designed as a one-stop-shop capable of meeting ALL energy and environmental efficiency requirements. It is by default an energy management plan, an asset manager tool (maintains a register of facilities and their attributes), organizational tool (meets the environmental criteria for Triple Bottom Line reporting) and a financial tool (identifies and quantifies potential financial gains from efficiency measures and underpins their business cases).
e-Bench can include ALL energy sources, including electricity, reticulated gas, diesel, on site solar generation, biomass etc., and has been designed to perform the following main functions:
- Checking, verifying and reconciling supplier's invoices;
- Checking consumption patterns to ensure equipment and processes are
operating as intended;
- Identifying, quantifying and prioritising opportunities for improving
energy and utility efficiency;
- Monitoring and targeting of energy and utility consumption;
- Assess performance contracts and determine if targets are being achieved;
- Fulfilling the envisaged reporting criteria for the UN Global reporting
initiative and Kyoto Protocol;
- Identifying national and international best practice energy and
- Virtual audits of facilities and processes and, where data is available,
of individual assets;
Planned extensions to the database will allow an organisation to:
- Model impacts of changes to facilities or processes (e.g. addition of
insulation) on energy efficiency;
- Allow users and associations to define their own benchmarking indicators;
- Interfacing with all asset and maintenance management systems;
- Allow interfacing of demand response and demand management planning;
- Allow Level Two Energy Audits to be largely conducted in the desktop