A new database of energy use data and building features helps building managers, lenders, real estate investors, and owners evaluate low and high performing buildings along with the financial results of energy efficiency investment projects.
The U.S. Department of Energy’s Building Performance Database is currently being developed by a team of researchers at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. The decision to create this database came from a request by building managers, owners, and the real estate investment community who all wanted a tool to help them better evaluate the financial costs and benefits of energy efficiency.
This database contains real performance data from over 63,000 commercial and residential buildings across the U.S. from both the public and private sectors. The database currently contains basic data including, but not limited to: facility type, location, square footage, year built, hours occupied, energy performance metrics, and building system data. Development of this tool is ongoing, with more building data to be added and also new features planned in the future.
The latest release of the tool includes a retrofit analysis feature, which compares the energy use of buildings with different technologies. The tool provides users with the probability of achieving different levels of energy savings for retrofits.
This database will allow users to evaluate not only their buildings in which they work in, but also their own homes. The comparative data is a great way to measure how you stack up against similar buildings and how different technology can help to increase efficiency and save money. If you have any questions about getting set up in this system and how energy efficiency can save you money, contact Plug Smart today! – EnergySavings@plugsmart.com
Read the Article in its entirety here – http://newscenter.lbl.gov/news-releases/2013/06/17/building-performance-database-helps-building-owners-investors-evaluate-energy-efficient-buildings/
DOE Building Performance Database Access – https://bpd.lbl.gov/