City, State Partners Announced in Better Buildings SEED Collaborative

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Posted: Sunday, February 7, 2016 8:49 pm

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- As part of the Better Buildings Initiative, the Energy Department featured 12 new partnerships with cities, counties and states to unlock the power of building energy performance data for the purposes of informing decision making on energy efficiency opportunities in their local communities. Through the Standard Energy Efficiency Data Platform Collaborative, these partners will improve the quality and consistency of building energy data and increase community-wide support to enhance management, promote transparency and increase the value of building energy performance information.

"The SEED Platform Collaborative assists cities and states with using building energy performance data as part of increasing energy efficiency and energy savings," said Dr. Kathleen Hogan, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency, DOE. "Partners are fostering the building industry's transition to data driven decisions on energy efficiency."

The increase of building energy data available in the marketplace has resulted in the need for development of standardized, interoperable tools that assist stakeholders in streamlining and analyzing data in order to inform their policy and business decisions. Each three-year partnership supports improved building energy performance data and identification of opportunities for efficiency improvements in their jurisdictions.

Partners will use the SEED Platform to combine data from multiple sources, clean and validate it, and share the information with others. They will also demonstrate the economic and environmental benefits of energy efficiency, track program activities, and target investments. The Energy Department will support partners by providing:

  • Assistance with the initial setup and implementation of the SEED Platform
  • Ongoing technical support, business process support, complimentary hosting services
  • Access to a peer community of users and developers to share feedback and solutions
  • Monthly meetings to give input on improvements that can be made to the Platform and share best practices.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Energy

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