Operational Emissions Accounting for Commercial Buildings

Research output: NRELTechnical Report


Buildings account for 30% of greenhouse gas emissions in the US. In order to aid in better decisions that reduce emissions from building operations, accurate emissions accounting is important. This report reviews existing operational GHG emission accounting approaches, frameworks, and data sources. We present the results of testing emissions accounting frameworks and emission factors with example data from two buildings and provide recommendations while using an emissions accounting framework.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages34
StatePublished - 2022

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/TP-5500-81670


  • accounting frameworks
  • commercial buildings
  • emission factors
  • emissions accounting
  • GHG emissions


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