For our project we have selected Option 1: Energy and Water Data Release Form. Aside from creating an account at Energy Star and 'sharing' the empty facility file with the USGBC account, I have found very little help on this matter. Is this all we need to do for certification? Where do we get the data? How often do we have to report it? Who is responsible for this? Does the building owner need to designate someone to manually upload an excel sheet every month? Do we need to pay one of these automated reporting utilities? I feel like the USGBC has slipped this in late in the game without explanation; years after making this a requirement it is still poorly documented.
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January 3, 2013 - 5:08 pm
Unfortunately this is one of the gaps with the MPRs - how to actually implement it. If you look at the Credit Resources section for PIf1, there is the USGBC Energy and Water Data Release form, which in theory gives USGBC permission to go to your utility provider (you list it in the form) directly so they can input the information into Energy Star and you/the Owner isn't responsible for that monthly tracking. That said, I haven't seen USGBC hitting up utility companies recently for any of our certified projects' data yet, so it's still unclear how this is going to be implemented.
Maybe we can get someone from USGBC to chime in?
January 7, 2013 - 1:28 pm
Thanks for your input, I have submitted this question to USGBC so I will post it if I get a response.
Vermont House of Representatives
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January 21, 2013 - 5:21 pm
Ryan, a contact at USGBC suggested to me that you check out the MPR6 FAQs.
Bill SwansonSr. Electrical Engineer
Integrated Design Solutions
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January 22, 2013 - 11:58 am
"I haven't seen USGBC hitting up utility companies recently for any of our certified projects' data yet"
Does this mean that USGBC is not collecting building data? How does this MRP close the performance gap as claimed or help improve LEED if it's not being used?
From a 2010 interview ---
"“Today there is all too often a disconnect, or performance gap, between the energy modeling done during the design phase and what actually happens during daily operation after the building is constructed,” said Scot Horst, Senior Vice President of LEED, U.S. Green Building Council. “We’re convinced that ongoing monitoring and reporting of data is the single best way to drive higher building performance because it will bring to light external issues such as occupant behavior or unanticipated building usage patterns, all key factors that influence performance.”
" USGBC will be able to use the performance information collected to inform future versions of LEED.
" “Building performance will guide LEED’s evolution. This data will show us what strategies work – and which don’t -- so we can evolve the credits and prerequisites informed by lessons learned,” said Brendan Owens, USGBC’s vice president of LEED technical development."