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July 29, 2012

Knowledge As Power: How Data and Analytics Can Drive Building Efficiency

Lack of transparency in building data has been a key barrier to wider adoption of energy efficiency in the built environment. At a discussion session organized by the Institute for Building Efficiency, a group of experts, advisors and business partners explored the opportunities made possible by new data streams.

Participants discussed trends in building data management and analysis from a variety of perspectives and explored areas for possible future research. Five key themes emerged: discussion.

  • More regular and accurate data can improve building benchmarking.
  • Data can drive better energy management decisions if the right tools are developed and users can access the right data at the right time.
  • More accessible and user-specific data could engage the more passive building owners and managers who are not focused on energy management.
  • Building performance data could enable third-party financing of efficiency projects and influence asset valuation.  
  • Better data could improve utility resource and community planning.

Building data management and analysis shows remarkable promise, requiring the coordinated efforts of stakeholders including building owners, tenants, designers, operators and suppliers, as well as industry trade, standards and non-governmental organizations. Read More >>

July 2012



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