The industry of energy efficiency retrofitting requires data to drive investment and innovation leading to reductions in energy loads and associated greenhouse gasses. Multi-tenant buildings present a particular challenge, as it is often difficult to get necessary data for benchmarking, base lining, and ongoing measurement and verification. The existing process of obtaining separate consent for each meter is too impractical to be employed which has a significant impact. Changing the requirements to allow building owners to obtain aggregate data would spur a number of beneficial developments.
Access to whole-building data enables project developers and building owners to effectively engineer energy efficiency projects and measure results. In order to develop projects and justify investments, it is imperative that building energy usage can easily be obtained both pre and post project. The current inability to do so creates a significant barrier to creating more and deeper retrofits.
Easier data access would also allow for participation in benchmarking programs allowing California businesses to focus our energies on using benchmark data to manage energy effectively, rather than dedicate resources to cutting red tape. Similarly, many REITs and other large players are currently hampered in tracking and reducing energy use to meet requirements associated with programs such as the Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB), ULI-GreenPrint Index, or LEED Certification.
Lastly, data is necessary to improve the energy performance of buildings implementing operational and behavioral energy-saving strategies. In order for building engineers to improve existing infrastructure, as well as properly commission newly installed equipment upgrades, it is necessary to make building energy data accessible.
The Investor Confidence Project’s partners and allies has asked the CPUC to direct the CA investor owned utilities to provide building owners and managers with access to whole-building monthly energy usage data for benchmarking upon request.
The following ICP Allied companies and organizations have formally endorsed this letter:
- Los Angeles Better Buildings Challenge
- Celtic Energy
- Clean Fund
- Metrus Energy
- Carbon Lighthouse
- Association for Energy Affordability
- Performance Systems Development
- Sustento Group
- Joule Assets
- Sidel Systems
- Building Energy
- HELiOS Building Efficiency
- New York Energy Efficiency Corporation
- MJM Energy Consulting
- Sustainable Real Estate Solutions