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New DOE Building Energy Survey

Data collection begins in August 2003 for the Commercial Buildings Energy Consumption Survey (CBECS), the only national survey that collects information about the prevalence of energy-related characteristics in commercial buildings and the amount (and related cost) of electricity, natural gas, fuel oil and district heat used in the buildings.

Energy decision makers of approximately 5,500 sampled commercial buildings throughout the U.S. will be contacted by Westat, a survey research firm under contract to the Energy Information Administration (EIA) of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), for information about the energy-related characteristics of their buildings. No information that would permit identification of respondents or their buildings is published. Previous CBECS results are available on the World Wide Web at http://www.eia.doe.gov/emeu/cbecs/. Additional information about CBECS is available from the survey manager, Martha.Johnson@eia.doe.gov or (202) 586-1135.

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