Buildings

Banking/financial services

Bank Branch refers to a commercial banking outlet that offers banking services to walk-in customers.

Gross Floor Area should include all space within the building(s), including banking areas, vaults, lobbies, atriums, kitchens used by staff, conference rooms, storage areas, stairways, and elevator shafts.

Financial Office refers to buildings used for financial services such as bank headquarters and securities and brokerage firms.

Gross Floor Area should include all space within the building(s) including offices, trading floors, conference rooms and auditoriums, vaults, kitchens used by staff, lobbies, atriums, fitness areas for staff, storage areas, stairways, and elevator shafts.

Education

Adult Education refers to buildings used primarily for providing adult students with continuing education, workforce development, or professional development outside of the college or university setting.

Gross Floor Area should include all space within the building(s), including classrooms, administrative space, conference rooms, kitchens used by staff, lobbies, cafeterias, auditoriums, stairways, atriums, elevator shafts, and storage areas.

College/University refers to buildings used for the purpose of higher education. This includes public and private colleges and universities.

Gross Floor Area should include all space within the building(s), including classrooms, laboratories, offices, cafeterias, maintenance facilities, arts facilities, athletic facilities, residential areas, storage rooms, restrooms, elevator shafts, and stairways.

K-12 School refers to buildings or campuses used as a school for Kindergarten through 12th grade students. This does not include college or university classroom facilities/laboratories, vocational, technical, trade, adult or continuing education schools, preschool, or day care.

Gross Floor Area should include all space within the building(s), including classrooms, administrative space, conference rooms, kitchens used by staff, lobbies, cafeterias, gymnasiums, auditoriums, laboratory classrooms, portable classrooms, greenhouses, stairways, atriums, elevator shafts, small landscaping sheds, and storage areas.

Pre-school/Daycare applies to buildings used for educational programs or daytime supervision/recreation for young children before they attend Kindergarten.

Gross Floor Area should include all space within the building(s), including classrooms, administrative space, conference rooms, kitchens used by staff, lobbies, cafeterias, gymnasiums, auditoriums, stairways, elevator shafts, and storage areas.

Vocational School refers to buildings primarily designed to teach skilled trades to students, including trade and technical schools. Typically vocational schools are commonly post-secondary education, consisting of 1-2 years of technical/trade training.

Gross Floor Area should include all space within the building(s), including classrooms, administrative space, conference rooms, kitchens used by staff, lobbies, cafeterias, gymnasiums, auditoriums, laboratory classrooms, stairways, elevator shafts, and storage areas.

Other – Education refers to buildings used for religious, community, or other educational purposes not described in the available property uses in Portfolio Manager (i.e. educational purposes other than adult education, college/university, K-12 school, pre-school/daycare and vocational schools).

Gross Floor Area should include all space within the building(s), including classrooms, administrative space, conference rooms, kitchens used by staff, lobbies, cafeterias, auditoriums, laboratory classrooms, stairways, elevator shafts, and storage areas.

Entertainment/public assembly

Aquarium refers to buildings used to provide aquatic habitat primarily to live animals and which may include public or private viewing areas and educational programs.

Gross Floor area should include public and restricted areas such as visitor walkways, tank space, retail areas, restaurants, laboratories, classrooms, administrative/office space, mechanical rooms, storage areas, elevator shafts, and stairwells. Areas not in enclosed buildings, such as outdoor habitats, open-air theaters, walkways, and landscaped areas should not be included in the Gross Floor Area.

Bar/Nightclub refers to buildings used primarily for social/entertainment purposes, and is characterized by most of the revenue being generated from the sale of beverages instead of food.

Gross Floor Area should include all space within the building(s), including standing/seating areas, stage/dressing room areas, food/drink preparation or kitchen areas, retail areas, bathrooms, administrative/office space, mechanical rooms, storage areas, elevator shafts, and stairwells.

Properties whose primary business revenues are generated from the sale of food should be entered using one of the Restaurant property uses, even if there is a bar.

Bowling alley refers to buildings used for public or private, recreational or professional bowling.

Gross Floor Area should include all space within the building(s), including bowling lanes, concession areas, party rooms, retail areas, administrative/office space, employee break rooms, storage areas, and mechanical rooms.

Casino refers to buildings primarily used to conduct gambling activities including both electronic and live table games.

Gross Floor Area should include all space within the building(s), including the main casino floor/gaming area, restaurants/bars, retail areas, administrative/office space, mechanical rooms, storage areas, elevator shafts, and stairwells.

If your Casino is located in the same building as a hotel, we recommend that you enter a separate hotel property use.

Convention center refers to buildings used primarily for large conferences, exhibitions, and similar events. Convention centers may include a diverse variety of spaces, including large exhibition halls, meeting rooms, and concession stands.

Gross Floor Area should include all space within the building(s), including exhibit halls, preparation and staging areas, meeting rooms, concession stands, offices, bathrooms, break rooms, security areas, elevator shafts, and stairwells. Loading dock areas located outside the walls of the building should not be included in the gross square footage.

Conference facilities located within a Hotel should be included along with your Hotel property use details, rather than added as a separate Convention Center property use. Conference facilities primarily serving smaller meetings should be entered as Social/Meeting Hall.

Fitness Center/Health Club/Gym refers to buildings used for recreational or professional athletic training and related activities.

Gross Floor Area should include all space within the building(s), including weight and cardio equipment areas, personal training areas, courts, locker rooms, swimming pool, sauna and spa areas, retail areas, administrative/office space, mechanical rooms, storage areas, elevator shafts, and stairwells.

Buildings that include one or more indoor ice sheets used for public or private, recreational or professional skating, hockey, or ringette. Buildings that are exclusively used for curling are not currently eligible for an ENERGY STAR score but can benchmarked using this property type.

Gross Floor Area should include all space within the building(s), including ice area, spectator areas, concession stands, restaurants, retail areas, locker rooms, administrative/office areas, employee break rooms, mechanical rooms, and storage areas.

Larger facilities primarily serving professional or collegiate functions and with significant spectator seating (above 5,000 seats) should be entered as Indoor Arena.

Indoor Arena refers to enclosed structures used for professional or collegiate sports and entertainment events. Examples of events held in indoor arenas include basketball and hockey games, circus performances, and concerts. Indoor Arenas usually have capacities of 5,000 seats or more and are often characterized by multiple concourses and concession areas.

Gross Floor Area should include all space within the building, including court/rink space, all concourse space on which workers or guests can walk, concession areas, retail stores, restaurants, administrative/office areas, employee break rooms, kitchens, mechanical rooms, storage areas, elevator shafts, and stairwells.

Movie theater refers to buildings used for public or private film screenings.

Gross Floor Area should include all space within the building(s), including seating areas, lobbies, concession stands, bathrooms, administrative/office space, mechanical rooms, storage areas, elevator shafts, and stairwells.

Museum refers to buildings that display collections to outside visitors for public viewing and enjoyment and for informational/educational purposes.

Gross Floor Area should include all space within the building(s), including public collection display areas, meeting rooms, classrooms, gift shops, food service areas, administrative/office space, mechanical rooms, storage areas for collections, elevator shafts, and stairwells.

Performing Arts refers to buildings used for public or private artistic or musical performances.

Gross Floor Area should include all space within the building(s), including seating, stage and backstage areas, food service areas, retail areas, rehearsal studios, administrative/office space, mechanical rooms, storage areas, elevator shafts, and stairwells.

Race Track refers to buildings used primarily to hold racing events such as vehicle races, track/field races, horse races, and/or dog-races.

Gross Floor Area should include all spectator viewing areas, concourse space on which workers or guests can walk, concession areas, retail stores, restaurants, administrative/office areas, employee break rooms, mechanical rooms, storage areas, elevator shafts, and stairwells. The footprint of the race track itself should also be included in the gross floor area, along with the footprint of any staging areas.

Roller Rink refers to buildings used primarily for roller-skating, inline skating/rollerblading, or skateboarding.

Gross Floor Area should include all space within the building(s), including the rink space, concession areas, locker rooms, retail areas, administrative/office areas, employee break rooms, mechanical rooms, and storage areas.

Social/Meeting hall refers to buildings primarily used for public or private gatherings. This may include community group meetings, seminars, workshops, or performances. Please note that there is another property use available, Convention Center, for large exhibition and conference facilities.

Gross Floor Area should include all space within the building(s), including meeting rooms, auditoriums, food service areas, lobbies, administrative/office space, mechanical rooms, storage areas, elevator shafts, and stairwells.

Stadium (Closed) refers to structures with a permanent or retractable roof which are used primarily for professional or collegiate sports and entertainment events. Examples of events held in closed stadiums include baseball and football games, and concerts. Closed Stadiums usually have capacities of 25,000 seats or more and are often characterized by multiple concourses and concession areas.

Gross Floor Area should include all space within the building(s), including concourse space on which workers or guests can walk, concession areas, retail stores, restaurants, administrative/office areas, employee break rooms, kitchens, mechanical rooms, storage areas, elevator shafts, and stairwells. The footprint of the playing field should also be included in the gross floor area.

Stadium (Open) refers to structures used primarily for professional or collegiate sports and entertainment events in which the playing field is not covered and is exposed to the outside. Examples of events held in open stadiums include baseball, football, and soccer games, and concerts. Open Stadiums usually have capacities of 5,000 seats or more and are often characterized by multiple concourses and concession areas.

Gross Floor Area should include all space within the building(s), including concourse space on which workers or guests can walk, concession areas, retail stores, restaurants, administrative/office areas, employee break rooms, kitchens, mechanical rooms, storage areas, elevator shafts, and stairwells. The footprint of the playing field should also be included in the gross floor area.

Swimming Pool refers to any heated swimming pools located either inside or outside. To enter a swimming pool, a specific pool size must be selected. In order to enter buildings associated with a Swimming Pool, the main property use must be entered (e.g., K-12 School, Hotel, Fitness Center/Health Club/Gym, etc).

Zoo refers to buildings used primarily to provide habitat to live animals and which may include public or private viewing and educational programs.

Gross Floor Area should include all space within all fully enclosed buildings, including, habitats, visitor viewing areas, theaters, classrooms, food service areas, retail stores, veterinary offices, exhibit space, administrative/office space, mechanical rooms, storage areas, elevator shafts, and stairwells. Areas not in fully enclosed buildings, such as outdoor habitats, open-air theaters, walkways, and landscaped areas should not be included in the Gross Floor Area.

Other-Entertainment/Public Assembly refers to buildings whose primary use is for entertainment or public gatherings and that do not meet the definition of any other property use defined in Portfolio Manager.

Gross floor area should include all space within the building(s), including entertainment areas, administrative areas, and supporting areas such as storage rooms, hallways, restrooms, stairways, and maintenance areas.

Other-Recreation refers to buildings primarily used for recreation that do not meet the definition of any other property use defined in Portfolio Manager.

Gross Floor Area should include all space within the building(s), including recreational areas and supporting activities such as mechanical rooms, storage areas, elevator shafts, and stairwells.

Other-Stadium refers to buildings primarily used for sporting events that do not meet the definition of any other property use defined in Portfolio Manager.

Gross Floor Area should include all space within the building(s), including areas for athletic activity and spectator seating and supporting activities such as mechanical rooms, storage areas, elevator shafts, and stairwells.

Food sales and service

Bar/Nightclub refers to buildings used primarily for social/entertainment purposes, and is characterized by most of the revenue being generated from the sale of beverages instead of food.

Gross Floor Area should include all space within the building(s), including standing/seating areas, stage/dressing room areas, food/drink preparation or kitchen areas, retail areas, bathrooms, administrative/office space, mechanical rooms, storage areas, elevator shafts, and stairwells.

Properties whose primary business revenues are generated from the sale of food should be entered using one of the Restaurant property uses, even if there is a bar.

Convenience Store with Gas Station refers to buildings that are co-located with gas stations and are used for the sale of a limited range of items such as groceries, toiletries, newspapers, soft drinks, tobacco products, and other everyday items. Convenience Store with Gas Station may include space for vehicle servicing and repair.

Gross Floor Area should include all space within the building(s), including sales floors, offices, staff break rooms, storage areas, and vehicle repair areas. Energy use associated with outside areas such as vehicle parking and gas filling areas should be included with the total energy use for the building(s), but the square footage associated with these outdoor areas should not be included in the Gross Floor Area.

Convenience Store without Gas Station refers to buildings used for the sale of a limited range of items such as groceries, toiletries, newspapers, soft drinks, tobacco products, and other everyday items, which are not co-located with a gas station.

Gross Floor Area should include all space within the building(s), including sales floors, offices, staff break rooms, and storage areas.

Fast Food Restaurant, also known as Quick Service Restaurant, refers to buildings used for the preparation and sale of ready-to-eat food. Fast Food Restaurants are characterized by a limited menu of food prepared quickly (often within a few minutes), and sometimes cooked in bulk in advance and kept hot.

Gross Floor Area should include all space within the building(s), including kitchens, sales areas, dining areas, offices, staff break rooms, and storage areas. Gross Floor Area should not include any outdoor/exterior seating areas, but the energy use of these outdoor areas should be reported on your energy meters.

Food Sales refers to buildings used for the sales of food on either a retail or wholesale basis, but which do not meet the definition of Supermarket/Grocery Store, Convenience Store, or Convenience Store with Gas Stations. For example, specialty food sales like a cheese shop or butcher.

Gross Floor Area should include all space within the building(s), including sales areas, storage areas, offices, kitchens, and staff break rooms.

Food Service refers to buildings used for preparation and sale of food and beverages, but which do not meet the definition of Restaurant or Bar/Nightclub. For example a bakery or coffee shop.

Gross Floor Area should include all space within the building(s), including kitchens, sales areas, dining areas, staff break rooms, and storage areas. Gross Floor Area should not include any outdoor/exterior seating areas, but the energy use of these outdoor areas should be reported on your energy meters.

Restaurant refers to buildings used for preparation and sale of ready-to-eat food and beverages, but which do not fit in the fast food property type. Examples include fast casual, casual, and fine dining restaurants.

Gross Floor Area should include all space within the building(s), including kitchens, sales areas, dining areas, offices, staff break rooms, and storage areas. Gross Floor Area should not include any outdoor/exterior seating areas, but the energy use of these outdoor areas should be reported on your energy meters.

Supermarket/Grocery Store refers to buildings used for the retail sale of primarily food and beverage products, and which may include small amounts of preparation and sale of ready-to-eat food. Buildings where the primary business is the onsite preparation and sale of ready-to-eat food should use one of the Restaurant property types.

Gross Floor Area should include all space within the building(s), including the sales floor, offices, storage areas, kitchens, staff break rooms, and stairwells.

Wholesale Club/Supercenter refers to buildings used to conduct the retail sale of a wide variety of merchandise, typically in bulk quantities. Merchandise may include food, clothing, office supplies, furniture, electronics, books, sporting goods, toys, and hardware.

Gross Floor Area should include all space within the building(s), including the sales floor, offices, storage areas, kitchens, staff break rooms, elevators, and stairwells.

Other – Restaurant/Bar refers to buildings used for preparation and sale of ready-to-eat food and beverages, but which does not fit into the fast food restaurant, restaurant, or bar/nightclub property types.

Gross Floor Area should include all space within the building(s), including kitchens, sales areas, dining areas, staff break rooms, and storage areas. Gross Floor Area should not include any outdoor/exterior seating areas, but the energy use of these outdoor areas should be reported on your energy meters.

Healthcare

Hospital refers to a general medical and surgical hospital (including critical access hospitals and children’s hospitals). These facilities provide acute care services intended to treat patients for short periods of time, including emergency medical care, physician’s office services, diagnostic care, ambulatory care, surgical care, and limited specialty services such as rehabilitation and cancer care.

The definition of Hospital accounts for all space types owned by the hospital that are located within the Hospital building/campus, including non-clinical spaces such as administrative offices, food service, retail, hotels, and power plant.

Gross Floor Area (GFA) should include all space within the building(s) on the campus including operating rooms, bedrooms, emergency treatment areas, medical offices, exam rooms, laboratories, lobbies, atriums, cafeterias, rest rooms, stairways, corridors connecting buildings, storage areas, and elevator shafts.

To be eligible for the Hospital Property Type:

  • More than 50% of the GFA of all buildings must be used for general medical and surgical services and
  • more than 50% of the licensed beds must provide acute care services.

Properties that use more than 50% of the GFA for long-term acute care, specialty care, and/or ambulatory surgical centers, or that have less than 50% of their beds licensed for acute care services are not eligible for an ENERGY STAR score.

If your facility does not meet this definition, it is not eligible for an ENERGY STAR score as a Hospital. However, your property may be eligible under another healthcare property type:

Medical Office refers to buildings used to provide diagnosis and treatment for medical, dental, or psychiatric outpatient care.

Gross Floor Area should include all space within the building(s) including offices, exam rooms, laboratories, lobbies, atriums, conference rooms and auditoriums, employee break rooms and kitchens, rest rooms, elevator shafts, stairways, mechanical rooms, and storage areas. If you have restaurants, retail (pharmacy), or services (dry cleaners) within the Medical Office, you should most likely include this square footage and energy in the Medical Office Property Use. There are 4 exceptions to this rule when you should create a separate Property Use:

  • If it is a Property Use Type that can get an ENERGY STAR Score (note: Retail can only get a score if it is greater than 5,000 square feet)
  • If it accounts for more than 25% of the property’s GFA
  • If it is a vacant/unoccupied Office
  • If the Hours of Operation differ by more than 10 hours from the main Property Use

Outpatient Rehabilitation/Physical Therapy offices refers to buildings used to provide diagnosis and treatment for rehabilitation and physical therapy.

Gross Floor Area should include all space within the building(s) including offices, exam rooms, waiting rooms, indoor pool areas, atriums, employee break rooms and kitchens, rest rooms, elevator shafts, stairways, mechanical rooms, and storage areas.

Residential Care Facilities refers to buildings that provide rehabilitative and restorative care to patients on a long-term or permanent basis. Residential Care Facilities treat mental health issues, substance abuse, and rehabilitation for injury, illness, and disabilities. This property type is intended for facilities that offer long-term residential care to residents of all ages who may be in need of assistance with activities of daily living. If a facility is designed to provide nursing and assistance to seniors only, then the Senior Care Community property type should be used.

Gross Floor Area should include all fully-enclosed space within the exterior walls of the building(s) including individual rooms or units, wellness centers, exam rooms, community rooms, small shops or service areas for residents and visitors (e.g. hair salons, convenience stores), staff offices, lobbies, atriums, cafeterias, kitchens, storage areas, hallways, basements, stairways, corridors between buildings, and elevator shafts. Open air stairwells, breezeways, and other similar areas that are not fully-enclosed should not be included in the gross floor area.

Senior Care Community refers to buildings that house and provide care and assistance for elderly residents.

Gross Floor Area should include all fully-enclosed space within the exterior walls of the building(s) including individual rooms or units, wellness centers, exam rooms, community rooms, small shops or service areas for residents and visitors (e.g. hair salons, convenience stores), staff offices, lobbies, atriums, cafeterias, kitchens, storage areas, hallways, basements, stairways, corridors between buildings, and elevator shafts. Open air stairwells, breezeways, and other similar areas that are not fully-enclosed should not be included in the gross floor area.

The ENERGY STAR score for Senior Care Community applies to nursing homes (skilled nursing facilities) and assisted living facilities and is not intended for retirement communities that offer only independent living – a community with only independent living should benchmark under the Multifamily property use.

However, it is common for Senior Care Communities to include a mix of different living options, including both independent living, assisted living, and/or skilled nursing. In these situations, benchmarking guidance depends on the percent of living units designated as skilled nursing/assisted living:

  • If more than 50% of the units in a community are skilled nursing and/or assisted living, the entire property should be benchmarked as a Senior Care Community. You can use one property use to characterize all activities at the community, including any independent living that may be present.
  • If 50% or more of the units are independent living, the property should be benchmarked using both the Senior Care Community and Multifamily property uses. In this situation, the floor area of hallways and units for assisted living and any community areas specifically used to assist residents (e.g. nursing stations, exam rooms, physical therapy rooms, etc.) should be benchmarked with the Senior Care Community property use. The floor area of hallways and units for independent living along with any open common areas that are used by residents of both the independent and the nursing/assisted living units (e.g. game rooms or restaurants) should be benchmarked with the Multifamily property use.

Urgent Care Center/Clinic/Other Outpatient Office refers to buildings used to treat patients, usually on an unscheduled, walk-in basis, who have an injury or illness that requires immediate care but is not serious enough to warrant a visit to an emergency department.

Gross Floor Area should include all space within the building(s) including offices, exam rooms, waiting rooms, atriums, employee break rooms and kitchens, rest rooms, elevator shafts, stairways, mechanical rooms, and storage areas.

Other/Specialty Hospitals refers to long-term acute care hospitals, inpatient rehabilitation facilities, including Cancer Centers and Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals/Facilities.

Gross Floor Area should include all space within the building(s) on the campus including: medical offices, patient rooms, laboratories, lobbies, atriums, cafeterias, rest rooms, stairways, corridors connecting buildings, storage areas, elevator shafts.

Lodging/residential

Barracks refers to residential buildings associated with military facilities or educational institutions which offer multiple accommodations for long-term residents.

Gross Floor Area should include all space within the building(s), including bedrooms, common areas, food service facilities, laundry facilities, meeting spaces, exercise rooms, health club/spas, lobbies, elevator shafts, storage areas, and stairways.

Hotel refers to buildings renting overnight accommodations on a room/suite and nightly basis, and typically include a bath/shower and other facilities in guest rooms. Hotel properties typically have daily services available to guests including housekeeping/laundry and a front desk/concierge.

Hotel does not apply to properties where more than 50% of the floor area is occupied by fractional ownership units such as condominiums or vacation timeshares, or to private residences that are rented out on a daily or weekly basis. Hotel properties should be majority-owned by a single entity and have rooms available on a nightly basis. Condominiums or Time Shares should select the Multifamily Housing property use.

Gross Floor Area should include all interior space within the building(s), including guestrooms, halls, lobbies, atriums food preparation and restaurant space, conference and banquet space, fitness centers/spas, indoor pool areas, laundry facilities, elevator shafts, stairways, mechanical rooms, storage areas, employee break rooms, and back-of-house offices.

Multifamily Housing refers to residential properties that contain two or more residential living units. These properties may include low-rise buildings (1-4 stories), mid-rise buildings (5-9 stories), or high-rise buildings (10+ stories). Occupants of these buildings may include tenants, cooperators, and/or individual owners.

Eligibility for an ENERGY STAR score and certification for Multifamily properties:

  • 2 units or more per building
  • 20 units or more per property/campus
  • Greater than 75% occupancy
  • Communities of single-family homes are not eligible. If your property is a mix of multifamily and single-family homes, the property would still be eligible as long as the single-family homes are less than 25% of the total GFA.

Gross Floor Area (GFA) should include all buildings that are part of the multifamily property, including any separate management offices or other buildings that may not contain living units. Gross Floor Area should include all fully-enclosed space within the outside surfaces of the exterior walls of the building(s) including living space in each unit (including occupied and unoccupied units), interior common areas (e.g. lobbies, offices, community rooms, common kitchens, fitness rooms, indoor pools), hallways, stairwells, elevator shafts, connecting corridors between buildings, storage areas, and mechanical space such as a boiler room. Open air stairwells, breezeways, and other similar areas that are not fully-enclosed should not be included in the GFA.

Prison/Incarceration refers to federal, state, local, or private-sector buildings used for the detention of persons awaiting trial or convicted of crimes.

Gross Floor Area should include all space within the building(s), including holding cells, cafeterias, administrative spaces, kitchens, lobbies, atriums, conference rooms and auditoriums, fitness areas, storage areas, stairways, and elevator shafts.

Residence Hall/Dormitory refers to buildings associated with educational institutions or military facilities which offer multiple accommodations for long-term residents.

Gross Floor Area should include all space within the building(s), including bedrooms, common areas, food service facilities, laundry facilities, meeting spaces, exercise rooms, health club/spas, lobbies, elevator shafts, storage areas, and stairways.

Senior Care Community refers to buildings that house and provide care and assistance for elderly residents.

Gross Floor Area should include all fully-enclosed space within the exterior walls of the building(s) including individual rooms or units, wellness centers, exam rooms, community rooms, small shops or service areas for residents and visitors (e.g. hair salons, convenience stores), staff offices, lobbies, atriums, cafeterias, kitchens, storage areas, hallways, basements, stairways, corridors between buildings, and elevator shafts. Open air stairwells, breezeways, and other similar areas that are not fully-enclosed should not be included in the gross floor area.

The ENERGY STAR score for Senior Care Community applies to nursing homes (skilled nursing facilities) and assisted living facilities and is not intended for retirement communities that offer only independent living – a community with only independent living should benchmark under the Multifamily property use.

However, it is common for Senior Care Communities to include a mix of different living options, including both independent living, assisted living, and/or skilled nursing. In these situations, benchmarking guidance depends on the percent of living units designated as skilled nursing/assisted living:

  • If more than 50% of the units in a community are skilled nursing and/or assisted living, the entire property should be benchmarked as a Senior Care Community. You can use one property use to characterize all activities at the community, including any independent living that may be present.
  • If 50% or more of the units are independent living, the property should be benchmarked using both the Senior Care Community and Multifamily property uses. In this situation, the floor area of hallways and units for assisted living and any community areas specifically used to assist residents (e.g. nursing stations, exam rooms, physical therapy rooms, etc.) should be benchmarked with the Senior Care Community property use. The floor area of hallways and units for independent living along with any open common areas that are used by residents of both the independent and the nursing/assisted living units (e.g. game rooms or restaurants) should be benchmarked with the Multifamily property use.

Single Family Home refers to a standalone building with its own lot that provides living space for one household or family.

Gross Floor Area should include all space within the home, including living areas, bedrooms, and finished basements and attics.

Other – Lodging/Residential refers to buildings used for residential purposes other than those described in the available property uses in Portfolio Manager (i.e. residential other than multifamily residential, single family home, senior care community, residence hall/dormitory, barracks, prison/incarceration, or hotel).

Gross Floor Area should include all space within the building(s), including living areas, common areas, administrative space, kitchens used by staff, lobbies, waiting areas, cafeterias, stairways, atriums, elevator shafts, and storage areas.

Manufacturing/industrial

Manufacturing/Industrial Plant refers to buildings used for manufacturing or assembling goods. Typically a Manufacturing/Industrial plant includes a main production area that has high-ceilings and contains heavy equipment used for assembly line production.

Gross Floor Area should include all space within the building(s) at the plant, including production areas, offices, conference rooms, employee break rooms, storage areas, mechanical rooms, stairways, and elevator shafts.

Mixed use

A Mixed Use (or multi use) property is one contains multiple property types, none of which are greater than 50% of the total Gross Floor Area (GFA), including parking GFA.

Mixed Use properties can get an ENERGY STAR score and certification if they meet two criteria:

  • 75% of the property’s GFA (excluding parking) is comprised of property types that are eligible for an ENERGY STAR score
  • At least one property type (that is eligible for certification) is more than 50% of the GFA (excluding parking)

Office

Medical Office refers to buildings used to provide diagnosis and treatment for medical, dental, or psychiatric outpatient care.

Gross Floor Area should include all space within the building(s) including offices, exam rooms, laboratories, lobbies, atriums, conference rooms and auditoriums, employee break rooms and kitchens, rest rooms, elevator shafts, stairways, mechanical rooms, and storage areas. If you have restaurants, retail (pharmacy), or services (dry cleaners) within the Medical Office, you should most likely include this square footage and energy in the Medical Office Property Use. There are 4 exceptions to this rule when you should create a separate Property Use:

  • If it is a Property Use Type that can get an ENERGY STAR Score (note: Retail can only get a score if it is greater than 5,000 square feet)
  • If it accounts for more than 25% of the property’s GFA
  • If it is a vacant/unoccupied Office
  • If the Hours of Operation differ by more than 10 hours from the main Property Use

Office refers to buildings used for the conduct of commercial or governmental business activities. This includes administrative and professional offices.

Gross Floor Area (GFA) should include all space within the building(s) including offices, conference rooms and auditoriums, break rooms, kitchens, lobbies, fitness areas, basements, storage areas, stairways, and elevator shafts.

If you have restaurants, retail, or services (dry cleaners) within the Office, you should most likely include this square footage and energy in the Office Property Use. There are 4 exceptions to this rule when you should create a separate Property Use:

  • If it is a Property Use Type that can get an ENERGY STAR Score (note: Retail can only get a score if it is greater than 5,000 square feet)
  • If it accounts for more than 25% of the property’s GFA
  • If it is a vacant/unoccupied Office
  • If the Hours of Operation differ by more than 10 hours from the main Property Use

A Veterinary Office refers to buildings used for the medical care and treatment of animals.

Gross Floor Area should include all space within the building(s) including offices, exam rooms, waiting rooms, atriums, employee break rooms and kitchens, rest rooms, elevator shafts, stairways, mechanical rooms, and storage areas.

Other refers to buildings that do not fall within the available property use categories in Portfolio Manager. Before selecting Other, it is highly recommended that you review the full list of property uses available for selection to ensure that there is not a suitable category for your property.

Gross Floor Area should include all space within the building(s), including space devoted to your main business activity, administrative offices, employee break rooms, bathrooms, stairways, and elevator shafts.

Parking

Parking refers to buildings and lots used for parking vehicles. This includes open parking lotspartially enclosed parking structures, and completely enclosed (or underground) parking structures. Parking structures may be free standing or physically connected to the property. Individual private garages in Multifamily Housing are not considered Parking.

Public services

Courthouse refers to buildings used for federal, state, or local courts, and associated administrative office space.

Gross Floor Area should include all space within the building(s), including temporary holding cells, chambers, kitchens used by staff, lobbies, atriums, conference rooms and auditoriums, fitness areas for staff, storage areas, stairways, and elevator shafts.

Drinking Water Treatment and Distribution refers to facilities designed to pump and distribute drinking water through a network of pipes. Depending on the water source (ground water, surface water, purchased water), a water utility may or may not contain a treatment process. This property use applies to any/all water sources and any/all levels of treatment.

Gross Floor Area should include all areas within the physical structures at the plant including treatment areas, administrative offices, stairways, hallways and mechanical rooms. The Gross Floor Area should not include any exterior portions of the facility, such as retention or settling ponds.

Although not typically used for normalization at plants, Gross Floor Area is a required system input for all properties.

Fire Station refers to buildings used to provide emergency response services associated with fires. Fire stations may be staffed by either volunteer or full-time paid firemen.

Gross Floor Area should include all space within the building(s), including office areas, vehicle storage areas, residential areas (if applicable), storage areas, break rooms, kitchens, elevator shafts, and stairwells.

Library refers to buildings used to store and manage collections of literary and artistic materials such as books, periodicals, newspapers, films, etc. that can be used for reference or lending.

Gross Floor Area should include all space within the building(s), including circulation rooms, storage areas, reading/study rooms, administrative space, kitchens used by staff, lobbies, conference rooms and auditoriums, fitness areas for staff, storage areas, stairways, and elevator shafts.

Mailing Center/Post Office refers to buildings used as retail establishments dedicated to mail and mailing supplies. This includes U.S. Post Offices, in addition to private retailers that offer priority mail services and mailing supplies.

Gross Floor Area should include all space within the building(s), including retail counters, administrative space, kitchens used by staff, lobbies, conference rooms, storage areas, stairways, and mechanical rooms.

Police Station applies to buildings used for federal, state, or local police forces and their associated office space.

Gross Floor Area should include all space within the building(s), including offices, temporary holding cells, kitchens used by staff, lobbies, atriums, conference rooms and auditoriums, fitness areas for staff, storage areas, stairways, and elevator shafts.

Prison/Incarceration refers to federal, state, local, or private-sector buildings used for the detention of persons awaiting trial or convicted of crimes.

Gross Floor Area should include all space within the building(s), including holding cells, cafeterias, administrative spaces, kitchens, lobbies, atriums, conference rooms and auditoriums, fitness areas, storage areas, stairways, and elevator shafts.

Social/Meeting hall refers to buildings primarily used for public or private gatherings. This may include community group meetings, seminars, workshops, or performances. Please note that there is another property use available, Convention Center, for large exhibition and conference facilities.

Gross Floor Area should include all space within the building(s), including meeting rooms, auditoriums, food service areas, lobbies, administrative/office space, mechanical rooms, storage areas, elevator shafts, and stairwells.

Transportation Terminal/Station applies to buildings used primarily for accessing public or private transportation. This includes train stations, bus stations, airports, and seaports. These terminals include areas for ticket purchases, and embarkation/disembarkation, and may also include public waiting areas with restaurants and other concessions.

Gross Floor Area should include all space within the building(s), including boarding areas, waiting areas, administrative space, kitchens used by staff, lobbies, restaurants, cafeterias, stairways, atria, elevator shafts, and storage areas. This should not include any exterior spaces associated with the terminals, such as drop-off areas, outdoor platforms, or outdoor loading docks/bays.

Wastewater Treatment Plant refers to facilities designed to treat municipal wastewater. The level of treatment at a plant will vary based on the BOD limits and the specific processes involved. This property use is intended for primary, secondary, and advanced treatment facilities with or without nutrient removal. Treatment processes may include biological, chemical, and physical treatment. This property use does not apply to drinking water treatment and distribution facilities.

Gross Floor Area should include all interior areas including treatment areas, administrative offices, stairways, hallways and mechanical rooms. The Gross Floor Area should not include any exterior portions of the facility, such as retention or settling ponds.

Although not typically used for normalization at plants, Gross Floor Area is a required system input for all properties.

To receive an ENERGY STAR score, your Wastewater Treatment Plant must have a daily flow of at least 0.6 Million Gallons per Day (MGD).

Other – Public Services refers to buildings used by public-sector organizations to provide public services other than those described in the available property uses in Portfolio Manager (i.e. services other than offices, courthouses, drinking water treatment and distribution plants, fire stations, libraries, mailing centers or post offices, police stations, prisons or incarceration facilities, social or meeting halls, transportation terminals or stations, or wastewater treatment plants).

Gross Floor Area should include all space within the building(s), including administrative space, kitchens used by staff, lobbies, waiting areas, cafeterias, stairways, atriums, elevator shafts, landscaping sheds, and storage areas.

Religious worship

Worship Facility refers to buildings that are used as places of worship. This includes churches, temples, mosques, synagogues, meetinghouses, or any other buildings that primarily function as a place of religious worship.

Gross Floor Area should include all areas inside the building that includes the primary worship area, including food preparation, community rooms, classrooms, and supporting areas such as restrooms, storage areas, hallways, and elevator shafts.

The ENERGY STAR score for Worship Facilities applies to buildings that function as the primary place of worship and not to other buildings that may be associated with a religious organization, such as living quarters, schools, or buildings used primarily for other community activities. To receive an ENERGY STAR score, a Worship facility must have at least 25 seats, but cannot have more than 4,000.

Retail

Automobile Dealership refers to buildings used for the sale of new or used cars and light trucks.

Gross Floor Area should include all space within the building(s), including sales floors, offices, conference rooms, vehicle service centers, parts storage areas, waiting rooms, staff break rooms, hallways, and stairwells. Gross Floor Area should not include any exterior spaces such as vehicle parking areas.

Convenience Store with Gas Station refers to buildings that are co-located with gas stations and are used for the sale of a limited range of items such as groceries, toiletries, newspapers, soft drinks, tobacco products, and other everyday items. Convenience Store with Gas Station may include space for vehicle servicing and repair.

Gross Floor Area should include all space within the building(s), including sales floors, offices, staff break rooms, storage areas, and vehicle repair areas. Energy use associated with outside areas such as vehicle parking and gas filling areas should be included with the total energy use for the building(s), but the square footage associated with these outdoor areas should not be included in the Gross Floor Area.

Convenience Store without Gas Station refers to buildings used for the sale of a limited range of items such as groceries, toiletries, newspapers, soft drinks, tobacco products, and other everyday items, which are not co-located with a gas station.

Gross Floor Area should include all space within the building(s), including sales floors, offices, staff break rooms, and storage areas.

Enclosed Mall refers to buildings that house multiple stores, often “anchored” by one or more department stores, and with interior walkways. Most stores will not have entrances accessible from outside, with the exception of the “anchor” stores.

Gross Floor Area should include all space within the building(s), including retail stores, offices, food courts, restaurants, storage areas, staff break rooms, atriums, walkways, stairwells, and mechanical rooms.

Lifestyle Center refers to a mixed use commercial development that includes retail stores and leisure amenities, where individual retail stores typically contain an entrance accessible from the outside and are not connected by internal walkways. Lifestyle centers have an open air design, unlike traditional enclosed malls, and often include landscaped pedestrian areas, as well as streets and vehicle parking.

Gross Floor Area should include all space within the building(s), including retail stores, offices, food courts, restaurants, residential areas, storage areas, staff break rooms, walkways, stairwells, and mechanical areas. Do not include any exterior spaces such as pedestrian walkways or vehicle parking areas.

Retail Store refers to individual stores used to conduct the retail sale of non-food consumer goods such as clothing, books, toys, sporting goods, office supplies, hardware, and electronics. Buildings containing multiple stores should be classified as enclosed mall, lifestyle center, or strip mall.

Gross Floor Area should include all space within the building(s), including sales areas, storage areas, offices staff break rooms, elevators, and stairwells.

To receive an ENERGY STAR score, a Retail Store must be a single store that is at least 5,000 square feet (464.5 m2) and has an exterior entrance to the public. The ENERGY STAR score applies to: Department Stores, Discount Stores, Drug Stores, Dollar Stores, Home Center/Hardware Stores, and Apparel/Specialty Stores (e.g. books, clothing, office products, toys, home goods, and electronics).

Retail configurations eligible to receive an ENERGY STAR score/certification include:

  • free standing stores
  • individual stores in an open-air or strip mall
  • anchor stores in enclosed malls

Retail configurations NOT eligible to receive an ENERGY STAR score/certification include:

  • enclosed malls
  • individual stores located within enclosed malls (except those with an exterior entrance)
  • lifestyle centers
  • strip malls
  • individual stores that are part of a larger non-mall building (i.e. office or hotel)

Convenience Stores, Automobile Dealerships, and Restaurants are not eligible to earn an ENERGY STAR score as Retail. Supermarkets are eligible for an ENERGY STAR score under the Supermarket property type. Warehouse Clubs and Supercenters are eligible for an ENERGY STAR score under the Warehouse Club/Supercenter property type.

Strip mall refers to buildings comprising more than one retail store, restaurant, or other business, in an open-air configuration where each establishment has an exterior entrance to the public and there are no internal walkways.

Gross Floor Area should include all space within the building(s), including retail stores, offices, restaurants, storage areas, staff break rooms, and stairwells. Do not include any exterior spaces such as vehicle parking areas.

Note that individual stores within strip malls may be eligible to receive an ENERGY STAR score if they are over 5,000 square feet in size and have an exterior entrance to the public.

Supermarket/Grocery Store refers to buildings used for the retail sale of primarily food and beverage products, and which may include small amounts of preparation and sale of ready-to-eat food. Buildings where the primary business is the onsite preparation and sale of ready-to-eat food should use one of the Restaurant property types.

Gross Floor Area should include all space within the building(s), including the sales floor, offices, storage areas, kitchens, staff break rooms, and stairwells.

Wholesale Club/Supercenter refers to buildings used to conduct the retail sale of a wide variety of merchandise, typically in bulk quantities. Merchandise may include food, clothing, office supplies, furniture, electronics, books, sporting goods, toys, and hardware.

Gross Floor Area should include all space within the building(s), including the sales floor, offices, storage areas, kitchens, staff break rooms, elevators, and stairwells.

Strip mall refers to buildings comprising more than one retail store, restaurant, or other business, in an open-air configuration where each establishment has an exterior entrance to the public and there are no internal walkways.

Gross Floor Area should include all space within the building(s), including retail stores, offices, restaurants, storage areas, staff break rooms, and stairwells. Do not include any exterior spaces such as vehicle parking areas.

Note that individual stores within strip malls may be eligible to receive an ENERGY STAR score if they are over 5,000 square feet in size and have an exterior entrance to the public.

Technology/science

Data Center refers to buildings specifically designed and equipped to meet the needs of high density computing equipment, such as server racks, used for data storage and processing. Typically these facilities require dedicated uninterruptible power supplies and cooling systems. Data center functions may include traditional enterprise services, on-demand enterprise services, high performance computing, internet facilities, and/or hosting facilities.

Often Data Centers are free standing, mission critical computing centers. When a data center is located within a larger building, it will usually have its own power and cooling systems, and require a constant power load of 75 kW or more. Data Center is intended for sophisticated computing and server functions; it should not be used to represent a server closet or computer training area.

Gross Floor Area should include all space within the building(s) including raised floor computing space, server rack aisles, storage silos, control console areas, battery rooms, mechanical rooms for cooling equipment, administrative office areas, elevator shafts, stairways, break rooms and restrooms. When a data center is located within a larger building, include only the spaces that are uniquely associated with the data center in the gross floor area. For example, do not include spaces shared by the data center and other tenants, such as break rooms or hallways.

Laboratory refers to buildings that provide controlled conditions in which scientific research, measurement, and experiments are performed or practical science is taught.

Gross Floor Area should include all space within the building(s) including workstations/hoods, offices, conference rooms, storage areas, decontamination rooms, mechanical rooms, elevator shafts, and stairwells.

Other – Technology/Science refers to buildings used for science and technology related services other than Laboratories and Data Centers.

Gross Floor Area should include all space within the building(s), including areas with the main business activity, production areas, administrative offices, employee break areas, stairways, atriums, elevator shafts, and storage areas.

Services

Data Center refers to buildings specifically designed and equipped to meet the needs of high density computing equipment, such as server racks, used for data storage and processing. Typically these facilities require dedicated uninterruptible power supplies and cooling systems. Data center functions may include traditional enterprise services, on-demand enterprise services, high performance computing, internet facilities, and/or hosting facilities.

Often Data Centers are free standing, mission critical computing centers. When a data center is located within a larger building, it will usually have its own power and cooling systems, and require a constant power load of 75 kW or more. Data Center is intended for sophisticated computing and server functions; it should not be used to represent a server closet or computer training area.

Gross Floor Area should include all space within the building(s) including raised floor computing space, server rack aisles, storage silos, control console areas, battery rooms, mechanical rooms for cooling equipment, administrative office areas, elevator shafts, stairways, break rooms and restrooms. When a data center is located within a larger building, include only the spaces that are uniquely associated with the data center in the gross floor area. For example, do not include spaces shared by the data center and other tenants, such as break rooms or hallways.

Personal Services refers to buildings used to sell services rather than physical goods. Examples include dry cleaners, salons, spas, etc.

Gross Floor Area should include all space within the building(s), including sales floors, offices, storage areas, staff break rooms, walkways, and stairwells.

Repair Services refers to buildings in which some type of repair service is provided. Examples include vehicle service or repair shops, shoe repair, jewelry repair, locksmiths, etc.

Gross Floor Area should include all space within the building(s), including sales floors, repair areas, workshops, offices, parts storage areas, waiting rooms, staff break rooms, hallways, and stairwells.

Other – Services refers to buildings in which primarily services are offered, but which does not fit into the Personal Services or Repair Services property types. Examples include kennels, photo processing shops, etc.

Gross Floor Area should include all space within the building(s), including sales floors, offices, storage areas, staff break rooms, walkways, and stairwells.

Utility

Drinking Water Treatment and Distribution refers to facilities designed to pump and distribute drinking water through a network of pipes. Depending on the water source (ground water, surface water, purchased water), a water utility may or may not contain a treatment process. This property use applies to any/all water sources and any/all levels of treatment.

Gross Floor Area should include all areas within the physical structures at the plant including treatment areas, administrative offices, stairways, hallways and mechanical rooms. The Gross Floor Area should not include any exterior portions of the facility, such as retention or settling ponds.

Although not typically used for normalization at plants, Gross Floor Area is a required system input for all properties.

Energy/Power Station applies to buildings containing machinery and/or associated equipment for generating electricity or district heat (steam, hot water, or chilled water) from a raw fuel, including fossil fuel power plants, traditional district heat power plants, combined heat and power plants, nuclear reactors, hydroelectric dams, or facilities associated with a solar or wind farm.

Gross Floor Area should include all space within the building(s), including power generation areas (boilers, turbines etc), administrative space, cooling towers, kitchens used by staff, lobbies, meeting rooms, cafeterias, stairways, elevator shafts, and storage areas (which may include fossil fuel storage tanks or bins). This should not include any exterior spaces associated with the power stations.

Wastewater Treatment Plant refers to facilities designed to treat municipal wastewater. The level of treatment at a plant will vary based on the BOD limits and the specific processes involved. This property use is intended for primary, secondary, and advanced treatment facilities with or without nutrient removal. Treatment processes may include biological, chemical, and physical treatment. This property use does not apply to drinking water treatment and distribution facilities.

Gross Floor Area should include all interior areas including treatment areas, administrative offices, stairways, hallways and mechanical rooms. The Gross Floor Area should not include any exterior portions of the facility, such as retention or settling ponds.

Although not typically used for normalization at plants, Gross Floor Area is a required system input for all properties.

To receive an ENERGY STAR score, your Wastewater Treatment Plant must have a daily flow of at least 0.6 Million Gallons per Day (MGD).

Other – Utility applies to buildings used by a utility for some purpose other than general office or energy/power generation. This may include utility transfer stations or maintenance facilities. Note that an administrative office occupied by a utility should be entered as Office, and a power or energy generation plant should be entered as Energy/Power Station.

Gross Floor Area should include all space within the building(s), including administrative space, maintenance and equipment areas, generator rooms, kitchens used by staff, lobbies, meeting rooms, stairways, elevator shafts, and storage areas. This should not include any exterior spaces associated with utility operations.

Warehouse/storage

Self-Storage Facility refers to buildings that are used for private storage. Typically, a single Self Storage Facility will contain a variety of individual units that are rented out for the purpose of storing personal belongings.

Gross Floor Area should include all space within the building(s), including individual storage units, administrative offices, security and maintenance areas, mechanical rooms, hallways, stairways, and elevator shafts. This should not include exterior/outdoor loading bays or docks.

Distribution Center refers to unrefrigerated buildings that are used for the temporary storage and redistribution of goods, manufactured products, merchandise or raw materials. Buildings that are used primarily for assembling, modifying, manufacturing, or growing goods, products, merchandise or raw material should be classified as Manufacturing Facility.

Gross Floor Area should include all space within the building(s) including space designed to store non-perishable goods and merchandise, offices, lobbies, stairways, rest rooms, equipment storage areas, and elevator shafts. This should not include exterior/outdoor loading bays or docks.

Non-Refrigerated Warehouse refers to unrefrigerated buildings that are used to store goods, manufactured products, merchandise or raw materials. Buildings that are used primarily for assembling, modifying, manufacturing, or growing goods, products, merchandise or raw material should be classified as Manufacturing Facility.

Gross Floor Area should include all space within the building(s), including the main storage rooms, administrative office offices, lobbies, stairways, restrooms, equipment storage areas, and elevator shafts. This should not include exterior/outdoor loading bays or docks.

Refrigerated Warehouse refers to refrigerated buildings that are used to store or redistribute perishable goods or merchandise under refrigeration at temperatures below 50 degrees Fahrenheit (10 degrees Celsius). Buildings that are used primarily for assembling, modifying, manufacturing, or growing goods, products, merchandise or raw material should be classified as Manufacturing Facility.

Gross Floor Area should include all space within the building(s), which includes temperature-controlled areas, administrative offices, lobbies, stairways, restrooms, equipment storage areas, and elevator shafts. This should not include exterior/outdoor loading bays or docks.

Other

Other – Education refers to buildings used for religious, community, or other educational purposes not described in the available property uses in Portfolio Manager (i.e. educational purposes other than adult education, college/university, K-12 school, pre-school/daycare and vocational schools).

Gross Floor Area should include all space within the building(s), including classrooms, administrative space, conference rooms, kitchens used by staff, lobbies, cafeterias, auditoriums, laboratory classrooms, stairways, elevator shafts, and storage areas.

Other-Entertainment/Public Assembly refers to buildings whose primary use is for entertainment or public gatherings and that do not meet the definition of any other property use defined in Portfolio Manager.

Gross floor area should include all space within the building(s), including entertainment areas, administrative areas, and supporting areas such as storage rooms, hallways, restrooms, stairways, and maintenance areas.

Other-Recreation refers to buildings primarily used for recreation that do not meet the definition of any other property use defined in Portfolio Manager.

Gross Floor Area should include all space within the building(s), including recreational areas and supporting activities such as mechanical rooms, storage areas, elevator shafts, and stairwells.

Other-Stadium refers to buildings primarily used for sporting events that do not meet the definition of any other property use defined in Portfolio Manager.

Gross Floor Area should include all space within the building(s), including areas for athletic activity and spectator seating and supporting activities such as mechanical rooms, storage areas, elevator shafts, and stairwells.

Other – Restaurant/Bar refers to buildings used for preparation and sale of ready-to-eat food and beverages, but which does not fit into the fast food restaurant, restaurant, or bar/nightclub property types.

Gross Floor Area should include all space within the building(s), including kitchens, sales areas, dining areas, staff break rooms, and storage areas. Gross Floor Area should not include any outdoor/exterior seating areas, but the energy use of these outdoor areas should be reported on your energy meters.

Other/Specialty Hospitals refers to long-term acute care hospitals, inpatient rehabilitation facilities, including Cancer Centers and Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals/Facilities.

Gross Floor Area should include all space within the building(s) on the campus including: medical offices, patient rooms, laboratories, lobbies, atriums, cafeterias, rest rooms, stairways, corridors connecting buildings, storage areas, elevator shafts.

Other – Lodging/Residential refers to buildings used for residential purposes other than those described in the available property uses in Portfolio Manager (i.e. residential other than multifamily residential, single family home, senior care community, residence hall/dormitory, barracks, prison/incarceration, or hotel).

Gross Floor Area should include all space within the building(s), including living areas, common areas, administrative space, kitchens used by staff, lobbies, waiting areas, cafeterias, stairways, atriums, elevator shafts, and storage areas.

Other – Public Services refers to buildings used by public-sector organizations to provide public services other than those described in the available property uses in Portfolio Manager (i.e. services other than offices, courthouses, drinking water treatment and distribution plants, fire stations, libraries, mailing centers or post offices, police stations, prisons or incarceration facilities, social or meeting halls, transportation terminals or stations, or wastewater treatment plants).

Gross Floor Area should include all space within the building(s), including administrative space, kitchens used by staff, lobbies, waiting areas, cafeterias, stairways, atriums, elevator shafts, landscaping sheds, and storage areas.

Other-Mall refers to buildings containing a collection of stores whose purpose is the sale of goods, but which do not fit into the enclosed mall, lifestyle center, or strip mall property types.

Gross Floor Area should include all space within the building(s), including retail stores, offices, food courts, restaurants, storage areas, staff break rooms, walkways, stairwells, and mechanical areas.

Other – Technology/Science refers to buildings used for science and technology related services other than Laboratories and Data Centers.

Gross Floor Area should include all space within the building(s), including areas with the main business activity, production areas, administrative offices, employee break areas, stairways, atriums, elevator shafts, and storage areas.

Other – Services refers to buildings in which primarily services are offered, but which does not fit into the Personal Services or Repair Services property types. Examples include kennels, photo processing shops, etc.

Gross Floor Area should include all space within the building(s), including sales floors, offices, storage areas, staff break rooms, walkways, and stairwells.

Other – Utility applies to buildings used by a utility for some purpose other than general office or energy/power generation. This may include utility transfer stations or maintenance facilities. Note that an administrative office occupied by a utility should be entered as Office, and a power or energy generation plant should be entered as Energy/Power Station.

Gross Floor Area should include all space within the building(s), including administrative space, maintenance and equipment areas, generator rooms, kitchens used by staff, lobbies, meeting rooms, stairways, elevator shafts, and storage areas. This should not include any exterior spaces associated with utility operations.

Other refers to buildings that do not fall within the available property use categories in Portfolio Manager. Before selecting Other, it is highly recommended that you review the full list of property uses available for selection to ensure that there is not a suitable category for your property.

Gross Floor Area should include all space within the building(s), including space devoted to your main business activity, administrative offices, employee break rooms, bathrooms, stairways, and elevator shafts.

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