The U.S. Green Building Council has launched an effort to collect and analyze data from buildings that have achieved LEED certification.
In addition to collecting and analyzing the data, the Building Performance Initiative will also provide feedback to participating building owners to allow them to address performance gaps.
This initiative follows an announcement earlier that ongoing performance data from buildings will be required as part of their certification under the latest version of LEED and beyond.
“This initiative is about gathering knowledge about building performance in a way no one has ever done before,” said USGBC LEED Senior Vice President Scot Horst. “The information that we collect from our certified projects is a workable, holistic approach for achieving better performing buildings.”
Numerous things affect the ability of a building to deliver high performance, including energy modeling tools, properly timed energy models, quality building commissioning, proper goal setting/benchmarking, and coordination between design and operation.
But the biggest issue by far is how the people use the building day to day: Do they turn out the lights when they leave the room? Leave the water running in the sink? Do facility managers have protocols for checking automatic controls?
“Plenty of people are content to simply point to these longstanding issues without offering a constructive way to address them. We’re going to take them on and engage practitioners and thought leaders alike in establishing a national roadmap to optimize building performance,” continued Horst.
To that end, the USGBC will host four Building Performance Initiative summits across the U.S. in September and October. Participants will have a chance to preview USGBC’s data collection agenda and proposed analysis methodology and provide other feedback.
The input from these meetings will be reported at the First Annual Building Performance Summit at Greenbuild, set for Nov. 11-13 in Phoenix.