However, to realize the potential of these policies, the data must not only be disclosed, but put to work to drive energy savings. Under a three-year pilot, Washington, D.C., New York City, and their partners are pioneering the use of data from building performance reporting in energy efficiency programs.
The Putting Data to Work project was developed on the assumptions that the publication of building performance data on government websites does little to drive transformative change in the energy efficiency market on its own, and that the value of the building performance information being collected by many cities nationwide is not yet being fully realized.
A Toolkit for Cities and Energy Efficiency Implementers
Similarities in the nature of the information being collected across cities means that those jurisdictions with newer benchmarking and building performance transparency policies can adopt best practices developed through DC and NYC’s many years of experience working with their policy data. This hands-on experience collected in the District and New York City provides a guide for identifying efficiency opportunities using City-collected data.
This toolkit and associated resources aim to enable other local governments, utilities, and program implementers to learn from the District and New York City’s experiences and replicate their success, to maximize energy and greenhouse gas (GHG) savings from their built environments.
For jurisdictions with building performance policies such as benchmarking and audit requirements, the hands-on experience collected in the District and New York City provides a guide for identifying efficiency opportunities using City-collected data.
For utilities and program implementers, these resources bring to light ways in which publicly available policy data can assist in better customer targeting, ideally leading to higher participation rates at lower customer acquisition costs.