Better Information

Knowledge about building energy performance and cost enables informed energy efficiency decision making. Information drives strategic development and investment in energy efficiency by enabling informed analysis, predictable results, and consistent valuation. The industry still faces many challenges in acquiring, tracking, and understanding critical building performance information, such as access to data and insufficient tools to connect and compare relevant data throughout the building lifecycle.

With stakeholder input, DOE is working to expand the tools that are available to the market to enable low-cost measurement, management, and analysis of building energy efficiency performance and opportunities for improvement.

The Buildings Performance Database is a decision-support platform that will enable users to better understand typical building energy usage and to evaluate the energy savings from energy efficiency upgrade measures across similar buildings. Learn More

DOE has developed a 50 state map on the data access utilities are providing to their customers—commercial and residential—so that the practices in use across the country can be more readily seen. Learn More

Under development and in pilot testing, the Asset Scoring Tool provides a low-cost way to evaluate the as-built energy efficiency of a building. Learn More

DOE is working with utilities as they commit to Green Button and is addressing ongoing data issues through the Better Buildings Challenge Utility Ally effort. Learn More

DOE is working with The Appraisal Foundation to develop practical guidelines and professional resources for appraisers to properly evaluate energy performance when conducting building appraisals. Learn More

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