Released: Dec 2006
Next CBECS will be conducted in 2007


Table C24A. Natural Gas Consumption and Expenditure Intensities for All Buildings, 2003
  Natural Gas Consumption Natural Gas Expenditures
per
Building
(thousand cubic feet)
per Square Foot
(cubic feet)
Distribution of
Building-Level Intensities
(cubic feet/square foot)
25th
Per-
centile
Median 75th
Per-
centile
per
Building
(thousand dollars)
per
Square Foot
(dollars)
per
Thousand Cubic Feet
(dollars)
All Buildings ............................... 803 42.0 17.9 37.4 71.0 6.3 0.33 7.86
Building Floorspace
(Square Feet)
1,001 to 5,000 .............................. 220 78.6 23.8 46.8 92.0 2.0 0.70 8.93
5,001 to 10,000 ............................ 410 54.8 15.0 29.6 66.2 3.4 0.46 8.41
10,001 to 25,000 .......................... 685 43.8 16.2 31.0 55.9 5.8 0.37 8.45
25,001 to 50,000 .......................... 1,464 40.9 16.0 31.0 55.4 11.1 0.31 7.60
50,001 to 100,000 ........................ 2,519 35.8 10.8 28.6 48.9 20.1 0.29 7.97
100,001 to 200,000 ...................... 4,898 35.4 6.4 23.8 51.9 36.1 0.26 7.36
200,001 to 500,000 ...................... 10,109 34.7 10.0 23.2 47.2 69.1 0.24 6.83
Over 500,000 ............................... 34,579 36.4 4.0 17.5 48.8 239.4 0.25 6.92
Principal Building Activity
Education ...................................... 1,223 36.9 14.9 31.9 60.8 8.9 0.27 7.27
Food Sales ................................... 383 50.2 18.9 39.8 69.4 3.4 0.44 8.85
Food Service ................................ 870 141.2 77.0 150.3 301.8 7.1 1.16 8.20
Health Care ................................... 3,283 92.5 19.1 40.1 65.7 21.5 0.60 6.54
  Inpatient ...................................... 28,222 109.8 77.1 112.3 145.1 176.8 0.69 6.26
  Outpatient ................................... 574 50.2 16.2 34.2 56.0 4.6 0.40 8.01
Lodging ......................................... 2,432 48.9 19.8 36.7 76.4 18.5 0.37 7.59
Mercantile ..................................... 653 32.5 18.4 34.0 70.2 5.6 0.28 8.62
  Retail (Other Than Mall) .............. 362 30.9 16.5 28.7 66.8 2.9 0.25 8.11
  Enclosed and Strip Malls ............ 1,142 33.4 23.2 41.7 71.8 10.1 0.30 8.89
Office ........................................... 535 31.8 17.2 35.7 56.9 4.5 0.27 8.42
Public Assembly ........................... 678 36.4 13.0 28.9 53.5 5.3 0.28 7.83
Public Order and Safety ............... 771 43.7 26.6 49.8 76.8 6.5 0.37 8.43
Religious Worship ......................... 362 30.3 12.9 29.5 53.0 3.0 0.25 8.33
Service ......................................... 481 54.1 22.9 44.5 82.6 3.9 0.44 8.12
Warehouse and Storage .............. 687 23.4 9.3 22.1 37.5 5.2 0.18 7.60
Other ............................................ 1,885 67.6 22.6 46.3 82.8 15.3 0.55 8.09
Vacant .......................................... 557 23.0 7.4 21.7 44.6 4.5 0.19 8.14
Year Constructed
Before 1920 ................................. 684 50.2 24.6 45.9 70.7 5.6 0.41 8.17
1920 to 1945 ................................ 654 47.1 17.5 34.5 68.2 5.0 0.36 7.71
1946 to 1959 ................................ 671 44.5 21.9 39.0 76.5 5.2 0.34 7.72
1960 to 1969 ................................ 819 43.6 19.1 39.6 70.9 6.3 0.34 7.71
1970 to 1979 ................................ 917 44.3 19.9 37.7 73.7 6.8 0.33 7.38
1980 to 1989 ................................ 957 42.0 15.9 32.2 71.8 7.8 0.34 8.17
1990 to 1999 ................................ 746 36.3 15.2 31.9 69.6 6.1 0.30 8.14
2000 to 2003 ................................ 1,087 33.2 13.7 35.0 67.0 9.0 0.27 8.26
Census Region and Division
Northeast ...................................... 1,047 44.1 22.9 45.2 79.2 9.1 0.38 8.66
  New England .............................. 932 45.4 21.9 41.1 65.0 8.9 0.43 9.54
  Middle Atlantic ............................ 1,078 43.8 24.2 48.4 81.8 9.1 0.37 8.46
Midwest ........................................ 868 51.5 25.9 46.3 80.2 6.2 0.37 7.16
  East North Central ...................... 953 53.1 27.4 47.7 84.0 6.9 0.38 7.22
  West North Central ..................... 680 47.0 23.4 45.2 74.1 4.8 0.33 7.00
South ............................................ 666 33.5 12.8 26.4 54.5 5.7 0.29 8.53
  South Atlantic ............................. 713 32.7 13.4 30.3 55.7 6.7 0.31 9.33
  East South Central ...................... 629 41.3 14.4 24.9 45.9 5.2 0.34 8.35
  West South Central .................... 630 30.9 9.9 25.2 58.9 4.7 0.23 7.49
West ............................................. 694 39.3 11.7 27.4 59.9 5.1 0.29 7.31
  Mountain ..................................... 913 56.6 28.4 50.3 90.9 6.2 0.38 6.78
  Pacific ......................................... 547 29.2 8.2 17.3 39.8 4.3 0.23 7.91
Climate Zone: 30-Year Average
Under 2,000 CDD and --................
  More than 7,000 HDD ................. 883 53.5 29.6 48.1 84.4 6.5 0.39 7.33
  5,500-7,000 HDD ........................ 931 50.6 25.9 46.4 80.2 7.1 0.38 7.58
  4,000-5,499 HDD ........................ 954 39.7 20.2 38.4 71.3 8.0 0.33 8.39
  Fewer than 4,000 HDD ............... 553 32.0 11.7 23.4 45.9 4.7 0.27 8.52
2,000 CDD or More and --
  Fewer than 4,000 HDD ............... 674 26.3 6.4 16.1 47.9 5.3 0.21 7.90
Number of Establishments
One ............................................... 742 46.5 19.3 38.4 74.4 5.7 0.36 7.72
2 to 5 ............................................ 757 40.0 16.3 36.3 66.9 6.2 0.33 8.15
6 to 10 .......................................... 1,074 38.6 17.1 39.5 57.4 9.1 0.33 8.45
11 to 20 ........................................ 2,431 30.2 11.9 26.4 51.9 20.1 0.25 8.26
More than 20 ................................ Q 25.3 9.1 30.1 40.3 Q 0.20 7.98
Currently Unoccupied ................... 480 18.8 8.4 21.7 47.1 3.9 0.15 8.10
Energy Sources (more than
one may apply)
Electricity ...................................... 803 42.0 17.9 37.4 70.9 6.3 0.33 7.86
Natural Gas .................................. 803 42.0 17.9 37.4 71.0 6.3 0.33 7.86
Fuel Oil .......................................... 3,549 44.9 12.0 35.3 65.7 25.7 0.33 7.25
District Heat .................................. 1,877 18.0 1.3 3.5 9.7 13.4 0.13 7.15
Energy End Uses (more than
one may apply)
Buildings with Space Heating ....... 811 42.1 18.8 37.7 71.3 6.4 0.33 7.85
Buildings with Cooling .................. 842 42.0 18.0 36.9 71.3 6.6 0.33 7.86
Buildings with Water Heating ....... 874 43.0 19.3 39.4 74.5 6.8 0.34 7.83
Annual Consumption
(hundred cubic feet)
1,000 or Less ............................... 53 8.2 6.6 15.2 30.6 0.6 0.09 11.59
1,001 to 5,000 .............................. 241 24.8 21.9 38.8 68.0 2.2 0.23 9.27
5,001 to 10,000 ............................ 707 38.2 35.0 62.2 142.4 6.1 0.33 8.63
10,001 to 25,000 .......................... 1,508 45.4 38.9 73.1 150.3 12.2 0.37 8.07
25,001 to 50,000 .......................... 3,347 47.6 42.3 69.7 150.1 26.1 0.37 7.79
50,001 to 100,000 ........................ 6,948 49.7 40.1 73.3 117.7 48.5 0.35 6.98
Over 100,000 ............................... 24,523 79.9 55.3 90.2 137.8 167.3 0.55 6.82
See "Guide to the Tables" or "Glossary" for further explanations of the terms used in this table. Both can be accessed from the CBECS web site   http://www.eia.gov/consumption/commercial/.
Q=Data withheld because the Relative Standard Error (RSE) was greater than 50 percent, or fewer than 20 buildings were sampled.
N=No responding cases in sample that use natural gas.
Notes: ● Statistics for the "Energy End Uses" category represent total consumption in buildings that have the end use, not consumption specifically for that particular end use. ● Due to rounding, data may not sum to totals.
Source: Energy Information Administration, Office of Energy Markets and End Use, Forms EIA-871A, C, and E of the 2003 Commercial Buildings Energy Consumption Survey.