The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) recently formalized its commitment to become a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Better Buildings Alliance Affiliate, according to the USGBC.
The Better Buildings program was formed in 2011 with the goal of making buildings 20 percent more energy-efficient over a period of 10 years. The program covers residential, commercial, industrial and public buildings, and includes Better Buildings initiatives such as the Energy Data Accelerator.
Affiliates support the program through promotion and support of energy efficiency opportunities and tools in the Better Buildings program to members, as well as sharing details of any energy efficiency activities with DOE on an annual basis. By becoming an affiliate, USGBC will have new opportunities to contribute to building efficiency and to highlight our progress in helping the market achieve energy efficiency in buildings.
In January, the White House announced commitments from several utilities and public sector partners to provide energy data and take other actions with the goal of increasing energy efficiency. Eighteen utilities have committed to sharing whole building energy data with building owners for three years, starting in 2017, with the goal of streamlining massive amounts of energy data through the Better Buildings Energy Data Accelerator.
This commitment is the result of work by city-utility pairs across the country, including green building leaders Los Angeles, Chula Vista, the District of Columbia and Philadelphia. Together, these utilities serve more than 2.6 million commercial customers in both single-family and multi-family buildings. Providing this information will allow for expanded energy benchmarking for buildings.
Additionally, DOE will provide technical assistance to 12 cities and states to streamline and organize complex building data for three years as part of the Standard Energy Efficiency Data (SEED) Platform. SEED is an open-source database used to manage data about building portfolios from multiple sources. Cities and states will apply the tool, with the ultimate goal of informing municipal decision-making about building energy efficiency investment.