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1)       Powerful analysis tools that:

         Easily allow for comparisons of a facility against its peers to determine which facilities are consuming excessive quantities of utilities.  For example, compare metered electricity consumption at barracks with all other metered barracks at the site.

         Allow for year-over-year consumption comparisons that meet a certain criteria.  For example, create a list of all buildings at the installation where building electricity consumption in FY 2004 was 50% greater than consumption in FY 2003.

         Rank all metered facilities at the installation with regards to utility consumption (get that top ten utility consumer list).

         Allow for comparisons of metered usage to calculated usage that meet a certain criteria.  If metered usage is much higher than calculated usage, then the facility should be placed on a ‘hit list’.  If metered usage is much lower, then perhaps the meter(s) is broken, which negatively impacts dollar reimbursements.

         Allow for the categorization of installation facilities by facility type and related energy usage regardless of whether or not the installation is metered.  For example, a base may have laboratory facilities that comprise 25% of the facility area but consume 40% of the electricity.  At another installation, family housing may comprise 50% of the facility area and consume 40% of the utilities.

         Allow for modeling of energy consumption at an installation. For example, estimate the impact on utility consumption of installing air conditioning at an entire installation or just at a single facility.

         Allow for the creation of an audit/project ‘hit list’ of facilities found to be major energy consumers based on the analyses methods discussed above.

2)       Comparisons of facility annual utility consumption with consumption calculated using military handbooks (based on geographical location). SABER cross-references facility consumption with utility studies on typical energy use intensities for a facility type.  The ability to calculate utility and water consumption is particularly useful for the following reasons:

         It provides a method for estimating utility consumption in facilities that are not metered. Estimates are based on facility type (warehouse, BQ, office, shop, laboratory, family housing, hospital, dining, grocery, etc.), facility area and local weather patterns.

         It provides a method for estimating utility consumption at smaller installations where none of the facilities are metered.

         It provides a means for estimating which facility types consume the most utilities at a site (example:  an actual analysis has shown that at one particular site, which is only 20% metered, buildings of type ‘laboratory’ consume almost 50% of the energy but comprise only 25% of the area).

         It provides a method for apportioning utility consumption to multiple buildings tied to a single meter.

3)       Display of federal database information for a specific facility including physical characteristics (area, nbr of stories, year built, year improved, etc.), facility type (administration, warehouse, barracks, etc.), and, if available, facility users or tenants.

4)       Graphical display of metered utility consumption for the entire installation or for a single facility. Display by fiscal year, months within a fiscal year, or by a specific month across a number of years.  New functionality recently added allows for the display of metered utility consumption for up to five years with overlays of cooling-degree-day (CDD) and heating-degree-day (HDD) charts.

5)       Display of energy and water conservation proposal and project information by facility or energy conservation measure (ECM).  Data is also maintained for any equipment installed and incentives applied for and/or received.   SABER provides project analysis tools that assist energy managers to create projects that get the maximum savings for the investment dollar. A report can be printed that compares the proposed conservation savings for a facility with actual utility consumption at the facility.  This report quickly points to situations where the proposed utility savings are larger than the utilities consumed by the facility.  Additional functionality includes:

         Creation of charts that show past and future cumulative and periodic savings from implemented projects.

         Ability to create master and sub projects.

         Tracking of projects via status and status date.

         Linking office documents to projects.

         Ability to forecast the impact of future projects on the reduction in energy consumption for an entire base [based on Defense Utilities Energy Reporting System (DUERS) data].

         Automatic generation of LCCA spreadsheets required to justify project funding.  SABER will soon be able to generate the 2007 ‘alternative financing’ spreadsheets required for UESC and ESPC financed projects.

6)       Create scenarios to estimate the impact on utility costs of constructing new facilities and/or demolishing existing facilities (BRAC scenarios). Due to the sensitivity of these scenarios, this functionality is protected by User ID and password.

7)       Cross references specific meters with facilities.

8)       Support for meters that measure utility consumption in more than one facility.  SABER breaks down actual consumption for each facility based on ratios of calculated consumption for each individual facility.

9)       Provides the ability to generate a spreadsheet that can be used to bill facility users that are not metered. 

10)   Download and analysis of DUERS data.  Provides enhanced functionality when compared with the DUERS website in that any combination of DUERS unique identifiers can be selected to generate DUERS charts.

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