Available Use Types

The available building use types refer to the general primary business or function of the building, not the specific activity of a particular space within the building. Certain use types have assumed space types associated with the operational assumptions. For example, schools (Education) have an assumed small kitchen area, and offices have assumed space for IT closets by default.

The use types listed below are based on:


Assisted Living Facility

Individual buildings and campuses of buildings that house and provide care and assistance for elderly residents, including skilled nursing and other residential care buildings.


City Hall

Municipal buildings used for general, professional, or administrative offices.


Community Center

Buildings used for social or recreational activities, whether in private or non-private meeting halls.


Courthouse

Buildings used for federal, state, or local courts, and associated administrative office space.


Education

Buildings used for academic or technical classroom instruction, such as elementary, middle, or high schools, and classroom buildings on college or university campuses. Buildings on education campuses for which the main use is not classroom instruction are included in the category relating to their use. For example, administration buildings are part of "Office."


Library

Buildings that contain collections of books, periodicals, and sometimes films and recorded music for people to read, borrow, or refer to, including public libraries, college/university libraries, and other libraries.


Lodging

Buildings used to offer multiple accommodations for short-term or long-term residents, including dormitory/fraternity/sorority, hotel, motel, inn, and other lodging.


Medical Office

Medical offices that do not use any type of diagnostic medical equipment. Otherwise they are categorized as outpatient health care buildings, which are not currently included as an Asset Score option.


Multi-family, low-rise

Residential buildings of three stories or fewer above grade.


Multi-family, high-rise

Residential buildings greater than three stories above grade.


Office

Buildings used for general office space, professional office, or administrative offices, including administrative/professional, bank/other financial, government, and other office. Note: Medical Office is defined as a different use type than Office.


Parking Garage

A parking structure that is completely enclosed on all four sides and has a roof. For example, this includes an underground parking structure or a fully enclosed structure on the first few stories of another building.

Parking Garage (Ventilation Only)

Parking garages are not typically heated or cooled. For this use type, select and assign HVAC system with 'No Heating' and 'No Cooling'.


Parking Garage (Heated Only)

In very cold climate zones, some parking garages may be heated to prevent freezing of pipes that run through the parking garage space.


Police Station

Buildings used for public order and safety. These may include offices, meeting rooms, and holding cells, and usually operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.


Post Office

Buildings used for the receiving, sorting, and delivering of mail, and the sale of stamps and other postal materials.


Religious Building

Buildings in which people gather for religious activities, such as chapels, churches, mosques, synagogues, and temples.


Retail

Buildings used for the sale and display of goods other than food, including strip shopping malls, enclosed malls, vehicle dealership/showrooms, retail stores, and other retail establishments.


Senior Center

Buildings used for social or recreational activities, whether in private or non-private meeting halls.


Warehouse, non-refrigerated

Buildings used to store goods, manufactured products, merchandise, raw materials, or personal belongings (such as self-storage), including non-refrigerated warehouses, distribution/shipping centers, and self-storage.