Montgomery County announced its partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) as a Standard Energy Efficiency Data (SEED) Platform ™ partner. This partnership will assist the Department of Energy in their efforts to collect and manage building energy data. Other partners include: Atlanta, Berkeley, Cambridge, California Energy Commission, Houston, Kansas City, New York City, Orlando, Philadelphia, Salt Lake City and Washington, DC.
DOE announced the SEED Platform Collaborative in November 2015. This new collaboration builds on the success of DOE’s well-established software application called the Standard Energy Efficiency Data (SEED) Platform™, one of the tools in the Better Buildings toolkit that allows cities, counties and states to streamline the complex and difficult process of managing and standardizing building energy data.
The Collaborative is a part of the integrated strategy of the Energy Department’s Better Buildings Initiative, which is aimed at achieving the goal of doubling American energy productivity by 2030 while motivating corporate and public sector leaders across the country to save energy through commitments and investments. Through the establishment of partnerships with the 10 cities, two states and one county, the Collaborative seeks to work towards the goal of increased energy efficiency by creating a larger community of supporting organizations, software developers, and products and services companies to expand the interoperability of the SEED Platform and associated products that enhance building data management capabilities and promote information transparency.
“As the first county in the nation to pass a building energy benchmarking and transparency law, Montgomery County is committed to enhancing the energy efficiency of our commercial buildings,” said County Executive Ike Leggett. “The SEED Platform offers our building community the best tools and support available. Beyond the County, this assists the national efforts of the US Department of Energy to gather important information to effectively manage and analyze building energy data across the country.”
The SEED Collaborative three-year partnership with Montgomery County will provide support to collect, clean and manage data from different sources across the County’s large building portfolio. The County will receive assistance with the initial setup and implementation of the SEED Platform™, ongoing technical support, business process support, complimentary hosting services, and access to a peer community of users and developers to share feedback and solutions.
“We are excited to formalize our partnership with Montgomery County to lay the data foundation for smarter policymaking and investments around energy performance in buildings. A wide range of data is becoming increasingly available about buildings’ characteristics and energy performance. Montgomery County’s staff members are early innovators in ways to maximize the use of this information in practice, and their work with SEED Collaborative will provide a replicable model for other jurisdictions across the country,” said Elena Alschuler, Building Technologies Project Manager.
Each partner has agreed to utilize the SEED Platform™ and to work with the DOE team to establish work plans to help implement benchmarking and building performance tracking, in addition to participating in monthly meetings, providing input on improvements that can be made to the Platform™ itself, and sharing of best practices.
The Energy Department and its key Allies – newest member C40, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), the Institute for Market Transformation (IMT), the National League of Cities (NLC), and the National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO) – understand the importance of ensuring that state and local governments have the resources necessary to help leverage the unprecedented amount of building data in achieving energy savings. The cultivation of the mutually beneficial relationships that have resulted through the SEED Platform Collaborative are essential to its success and will ultimately transform the industry to become more data driven.
To read more about the White House fact sheet go to https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/01/29/fact-sheet-cities-utilities-and-businesses-commit-unlocking-access. For more information about the Department of Energy partnership announcement go to http://energy.gov/eere/articles/city-and-state-partners-announced-better-buildings-seed-platform-collaborative