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Institute to Release Report on Data Needs in Response to CBECS Announcement

Friday, December 2, 2011  
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The National Institute of Building Sciences High-Performance Building Data Collection Initiative will release a report next Tuesday, December 6, addressing data needs of the building industry now that the Commercial Building Energy Consumption Survey (CBECS) is no longer scheduled for release by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA).

The Initiative will issue the report, Data Needs for Achieving High-Performance Buildings, next week during the 2011 National Institute of Building Sciences Annual Meeting, held in conjunction with Ecobuild America at the Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. A discussion of recommendations and potential next steps will follow the release.

Who: The National Institute of Building Sciences High-Performance Building Data Collection Initiative in the presence of Institute members, press and attendees of the conference.

What: The report, Data Needs for Achieving High-Performance Buildings, which focuses on identifying a path forward for collecting and disseminating data on all high-performance building attributes, not just energy use.

When: Tuesday, December 6 from 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Where: West Overlook of the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.

Why: The Institute established the High-Performance Building Data Collection Initiative on May 3, 2011, following the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) announcements on future availability of commercial building energy use data through the Commercial Building Energy Consumption Survey (CBECS). Over the past several years, the building industry has increasingly expressed a need for additional building benchmark data on other high-performance building attributes, including safety and security, accessibility, cost effectiveness, water use and indoor environmental quality. The Initiative included these considerations in its report.

Additional Details: More than 30 witnesses provided testimony at an Institute hearing to assess building data needs. The report incorporates this input and identifies current data needs, relevant data users, existing data and its use, additional collection opportunities and tools to support data use. Recommendations focus on short- and long-term needs for the development and maintenance of a comprehensive dataset of high-performance building attributes. The New Buildings Institute (NBI) and the National Environmental Balancing Bureau (NEBB) both supported the hearing and the report.

Following the release, the report will be available on the High-Performance Building Data Collection Initiative’s webpage at http://www.nibs.org/?page=hpbdata.

Media can register to attend through the Ecobuild website at http://aececobuild.com/press-media/request-press-pass/.

 


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