The ICP, which promotes standardization, has supported efforts in the development of this specification, and recommends adherence to the specification regarding collection and reporting of building asset, operational and performance data. BEDES will also provide a consistent platform for use in ICP's future Open Energy Data Initiative, which is currently under development.
On another front, the US Energy Information Administration released the first 2012 Commercial Buildings Energy Consumption Survey (CBECS) detailed tables. These resources are referred to in the ICP regarding the development of end-use energy use estimations in the baselining efforts.
The release includes the first 14 building characteristics Detailed Tables, as well as an accompanying report and survey methodology information. The remaining characteristics data are planned for release, according to their website, in late April and May of this year.