High-Performance Building Data Collection Initiative

On May 2, 2011, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) announced that it would not be releasing the results of its 2007 Commercial Building Energy Consumption Survey due to statistical errors. The week before, on April 28, EIA also reported that it would suspend work on its 2011 survey edition due to budget constraints.

In the wake of the troubling news from EIA, the National Institute of Building Sciences is establishing a High-Performance Building Data Collection Initiative to identify a path forward for collecting and disseminating data on all high-performance building attributes, not just energy use. 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. This Initiative will allow the building community to still obtain the building energy data necessary to achieve national objectives for high-performance buildings and also gain additional data not currently captured through government sources.

Updates on the Initiative and related activities will be posted on this webpage.

EIA Announcements

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Related Institute Programs and Activities

Cover of Data Needs for Achieving High-Performance Buildings
Data Needs for Achieving High-Performance Buildings PDF
Cover of Assessment Report to the U.S. Congress and U.S. Department of Energy on High Performance Buildings
Assessment Report to the U.S. Congress and U.S. Department of Energy on High Performance Buildings PDF

Testimony on Data Needs to Achieve High-Performance Buildings

The following presentations and testimonies are available as Adobe Acrobat PDFs PDF.

Representative Hearing, July 18, 2011

Doug Read, ASHRAE [presentation] [written summary]
David Eijadi, Weidt Group [written summary]
Teresa Rainey, SOM [presentation] [written testimony]
Dennis Andrejko, FAIA [written summary]
Arpan Bakshi, IBPSA-NY [written summary]
Jim Woods [presentation]

Building Owners/Facility Managers/Commissioning
Ron Burton, BOMA
Herbert Yudenfriend [written summary]
Stephen Wiggins, Newcomb & Boyd/NEBB
Duane Desiderio, Real Estate Roundtable [written summary]

Codes & Standards/Rating Systems
Chris Pyke, USGBC
Tom Meyer, ESCO Group [presentation] [written summary]

Michael Zatz, EPA  [written summary

Software Vendors and Manufacturers
Jim Lewis, NEMA
Bruce Dorey, McQuay [written summary]
Mark Sands, Performance Building Systems [presentation]

Data Managers/Collectors/Reporters/Statisticians/Researchers
Andrew Burr, IMT [written summary]
Cathy Turner, NBI [written summary]
Jeff Harris, ASE
Deborah Dunning, Sphere E [presentation]

Insurance & Finance
Leanne Tobias, Malachite [written summary]

Written Testimony

James E. Woods, Ph.D., P.E., Fellow/Life Member, ASHRAE
Aniruddha Deodhar, Autodesk, Inc.
BOMA Phoenix
Bill Younger, CLEAResult
Mark Rossola, GREENGUARD Environmental Institute
Jerry Borchardt, Commercial Control Systems, Honeywell International Inc.
Leanne Tobias, LEED AP, Managing Principal, Malachite LLC
Susy Jones, Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP)
Jim Lewis, High-Performance Buildings, National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA)
Katie Shattuck, Scientific Conservation
Jim Pauley, P.E., Schneider Electric
Ivan Weber, Weber Sustainability Consulting
Scott West, P.E., BEMP, LEED AP BD+C
YRG Sustainability

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