Introduction to CoBE

Why it’s important The Co-Benefits of the Built Environment (CoBE) tool benefits anyone who works with energy and buildings, wants to understand the impact of their energy consumption better, and is interested in reducing that impact. The tool helps building owners, operators, investors, and others quantify health and climate benefits for evidence-based decision-making. CoBE can Read More »

CoBE Tool: How to Use

There are two ways to enter data into the CoBE v.2 tool— directly into the webpage or using the template spreadsheet. The webpage is a clear and convenient format for entering relatively small amounts of data, while the spreadsheet works better for larger amounts of data or data already in spreadsheet format. This walkthrough will Read More »

Case Study: Boston

Our first fictional use case concerns a Boston building owner who manages a four-story commercial building, consisting of apartments, offices, a bank, and a grocery store. This building owner is interested in retrofitting her building, particularly in HVAC and boiler technology upgrades. She would like to evaluate the reduction in energy use and emissions that Read More »