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Standard Energy Efficiency Data Platform

The SEED Platform™ makes it easy to utilize and share data on the energy performance of buildings.

The Standard Energy Efficiency Data (SEED) Platform™ is an open source software application that fills a major market need for data-driven energy efficiency program design and implementation. The SEED Platform enables streamlining of complex building data and allows users to share selected data with partners or make it publicly available.

OverviewIn today’s digital age, the amount of data available to inform decision making has increased rapidly in sectors such as health, weather, and transportation, but quality information on building energy performance is still limited and disconnected. While there has been a significant influx of building performance data in recent years, data management can be costly and time consuming for states, local governments and other organizations, which have limited time and resources. The SEED Platform helps users easily combine data from multiple sources, clean and validate it, and share the information with others. The software application provides a flexible and cost-effective method to improve the quality and availability of data to help demonstrate the economic and environmental benefits of energy efficiency, track program activities and target investments. To get started with SEED you can view a demo and request a test account.
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What can the SEED Platform do? SEED Platform supports the following data management functionalities:
  • Import data from multiple sources such as EPA’s Portfolio Manager®, property tax assessor records, Green Button data, and audit findings, and merge the datasets together.
  • Translate the data into a standard format, and conduct cleansing and range checks to identify errors.
  • Search the data and create projects and reports to support activities, such as energy performance benchmarking, and monitoring or portfolio-level performance analysis.
  • Generate charts and graphs displaying key metrics for groups of buildings.
  • Share selected data with other software tools, public-facing dashboards, researchers, consultants, and others through the application programming interface (API).
Benefits for Users The SEED Platform is designed to eliminate many tactical data management issues to help make existing building performance data and software systems interoperable.
  • SEED makes data management easier. SEED helps automate the process of formatting, matching, and cleaning data. SEED allows multiple parties to work on the same dataset and keep track of edits and activities. As a result, SEED helps increase data quality and save staff time.
  • SEED is free. The core SEED Platform software is freely available on our Github page and DOE provides limited-time accounts on LBNL’s servers for qualified users to try it out.  Users can then install the software on their own servers or the Amazon cloud, or use a SEED Affiliate’s hosting services.
  • SEED is connected. SEED can handle many kinds of data imported from related tools such as EPA Portfolio Manager™, Green Button, the DOE’s Commercial Building Energy Asset Score and Home Energy Score.
  • SEED is a national standard. The SEED Platform is supported by the US Department of Energy to provide a common, interoperable platform for the industry. It uses the BEDES data format. Use of a common platform will also make it easier for companies to offer add-on products and services.
  • SEED is open source. The core SEED code is open source, which means that anyone can add onto or modify the software. Code enhancements can be contributed back to the project so that everyone benefits.
SEED Platform Collaborative The SEED Platform Collaborative is a strategic effort to help cities and states successfully transition to using the SEED Platform to manage building energy performance data and identify opportunities for efficiency improvements in their jurisdictions. Through the Collaborative, DOE is providing qualified Partners with limited-time free hosting of the SEED Platform and one-on-one technical assistance, as well as ongoing access to the SEED Collaborative community, opportunities to provide input on future development and other resources. Major national nonprofits organizations have also joined as Affiliates to help promote the Collaborative’s goals, activities and lessons learned. Additionally, interested companies can join as Technical Allies and offer SEED-based products and services. To learn more and get involved visit the SEED Collaborative webpage.
The SEED Team DOE has assembled a team of industry leaders to develop the SEED Platform software and manage the Collaborative.
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