1. Overview Standard Reports

This chapter provides a summary of the requisite content and format of the COMNET standard reports. The establishment of these reports will standardize the way energy modeling output data is presented to various rating authorities. By standardizing the reports, all rating authorities will be able to view the same building information and evaluate the project for certification, labeling, or tax credit.

1.1 Content

Building information is organized into four standard reports:

  • Building Summary
  • Energy Measures
  • Energy Results
  • Representations

The Building Summary contains basic building information such as project title, location, and size (see Figure 4.3.1-1 [9]). This brief report provides essential building data at a glance. The Energy Measures report will list the design features that are different between the proposed design and the standard design (see Figure 4.3.2-1 [10]). Credit is offered based on these measures. The Energy Results report will contain a summary of fuel types and end uses (see Figure 4.3.3-1 [11] and Figure Figure 4.3.3-2 [12]). The Representations report will have all relevant building titles and claims (see Figure 4.3.4-1 [13]). 

The COMNET reports also include the data necessary to automatically populate the forms required for LEED Online credit EAc1. This includes energy use by orientation, fuel costs and other factors.

1.2 Format

There are two COMNET required formats for building information reports: electronic and hard copy. The electronic standard reports will be generated in XML (eXtensible Markup Language). The hard copy standard reports will be in PDF (Portable Document File). Both report formats will be automatically generated by COMNET approved software. Each page of the report will have a header with the project name and date.