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U.S cities and businesses commit to unlocking access to energy data for building owners and improving Energy Efficiency

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On January 29 2016, the White House announced several actions regarding the Energy Department’s Better Buildings Initiative aimed at doubling American energy productivity by 2030 while motivating corporate and public-sector leaders across the country to save energy through voluntary commitments.


Two major announcements related to the Standard Energy Efficiency Data (SEED) Platform™ Collaborative and the Building Energy Asset Score (Asset Score) were made:


  1. Department of Energy (DOE) will be providing technical assistance to 12 cities and states in order to streamline and systematise the use of complex building data.
  2. 21 organisations are committed to use DOE’s Asset Score tool to identify opportunities to improve the energy efficiency of a building’s structure and energy-related system and work with DOE on case studies to highlight best practices and lessons learned.


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Background Information:


  • The SEED Platform Collaborative was launched by DOE in an effort to assist organisations utilising the Standard Energy Efficiency Data (SEED) Platform™ to manage building data.  
  • The SEED platform is a free open source database platform to manage disparate data about building portfolios. The purpose of the tool is to help public agencies that are either implementing building performance reporting regulations and/or tracking the performance of their own buildings.
  • The Building Energy Asset Score (Asset Score) is a national standardised tool for assessing the physical and structural energy efficiency of commercial and multifamily residential buildings. The Asset Score generates a simple energy efficiency rating that enables comparison among buildings, and identifies opportunities to invest in energy efficiency upgrades. It is available for voluntary use and is 100% free to use.