Energy Data Access

Energy Data Access

Benchmarking and understanding energy use is the first step to successfully improving energy performance since “you can’t manage what you don’t measure.” However, many organizations face barriers to accessing utility data for the purposes of energy benchmarking. Several initiatives, including the Better Buildings Energy Data Accelerator, are aimed at facilitating access to building performance data in order to drive benchmarking and other forms of energy performance analysis that serve as the foundation for strategic energy management. These resources assist building owners, utilities, and communities to collaborate to provide access to whole building energy performance data.

Providing building owners with energy data through city and utility partnerships: Energy Data Access - Blueprint for Action
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Financial Allies are actively seeking new partners to work with and can help drive energy efficiency success for commercial, multifamily, industrial, and public buildings. 

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The Energy Data Accelerator Toolkit is a collection of resources enabling other utilities and communities to learn and benefit from the work of the Accelerator, specifically on how to gain data needed for benchmarking.
Key accomplishments and results of partners are outlined in this fact sheet, profiling the historic expansion of data accessibility and increases in building energy benchmarking.
This interactive map shows the service territories of the utilities providing customers with energy benchmarking data.
A guide for utility regulators to data access for commercial building energy performance benchmarking developed as a product of the State and Local Energy Efficiency Action Network (SEE Action).

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Additional Information

Institute for Market Transformation (IMT)
A non-profit organization that promotes energy efficiency, green building, and environmental protection. IMT aims to strengthen market recognition of the link between buildings’ energy efficiency and their financial value.

The Data Access and Transparency Alliance (DATA)
A collaborative effort led by the commercial real estate industry and green building organizations to provide building operators with energy consumption data to advance energy efficiency and energy cost savings in buildings. DATA is organized by the Institute for Market Transformation, the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International, the Real Estate Roundtable and the U.S. Green Building Council.

Existing Commercial Buildings Working Group
SEE Action’s Existing Commercial Buildings Working Group develops best practices for state and local decision-makers to address energy efficiency in existing privately-owned commercial and public buildings through organization-wide, whole-building, performance-based approaches. 

State and Local Energy Efficiency Action Network (SEE Action)
The State and Local Energy Efficiency Action Network (SEE Action) offers resources, discussion forums, and technical assistance to state and local decision-makers as they provide low-cost, reliable energy to their communities through energy efficiency.

Consortium for Building Energy Innovation (CBEI)
The Consortium for Building Energy Innovation (CBEI) is focused on generating impact in the small- and medium-sized commercial buildings (SMSCB) retrofit market. 

ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager
Access to the U.S. EPA’s ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager platform and the various tools and resources for commercial and industrial stakeholders, including the ENERGY STAR Benchmarking Starter Kit

Open Energy Info (OpenEI)
National survey detailing accessibility by consumers to utility data that can be used to determine the ease of data access by geography.

Buildings Performance Database (BPD)
The BPD is the largest free, publicly available database of residential and commercial building energy performance information in the country. Use the BPD to access information about a building's location, age, size, function, electricity consumption, fuel consumption, equipment information and operational characteristics. Discover opportunities for improvement by examining groups of similar buildings and forecast project performance and risk using statistical analysis.

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