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CBECS Public Use Data

Public Use Files: yellow indicator arrow 2003 CBECS | yellow indicator arrow 1999 CBECSyellow indicator arrow 1995 CBECS | yellow indicator arrow 1992 CBECS


The Public Use Files are microdata files that contain more than 5,000 records, representing commercial buildings from the 50 States and the District of Columbia. Each record corresponds to a single responding, in-scope sampled building and contains information for that building about the building size, year constructed, types of energy used, energy-using equipment, conservation features, energy consumption and expenditures, and the amount of energy used for nine end uses: space heating, cooling, ventilation, lighting, water heating, cooking, refrigeration, office equipment, and other end uses.

The data files are organized by subject matter. Each file contains the following core variables: (1) building identifier, the link between files; (2) adjusted sampling weight; (3) variance stratum and pair member that can be used for calculating variances; (4) Census region and division; (5) square footage; (6) principal building activity; (7) year constructed category; and (8) a set of variables that indicate whether electricity, natural gas, fuel oil, district steam or district hot water was used in the building.



Specific questions on this product may be directed to:
Jay Olsen

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Joelle Michaels
CBECS Manager