Lead Performer: Institute for Market Transformation (IMT) – Washington, DC
-- Vermont Energy Investment Corporation/District of Columbia Sustainable Energy Utility (VEIC/DCSEU)
-- District of Columbia Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE)
-- New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA)
-- New York City Mayor’s Office of Sustainability (NYCMoS)
-- New York City Energy Efficiency Corporation (NYCEEC)
DOE Total Funding: $999,047
Cost Share: $1,030,744
Project Term: July 15, 2015 – July 14, 2018
Funding Opportunity: Advancing Solutions to Improve the Energy Efficiency of U.S. Commercial Buildings (2015)


The primary goal of this project is to use building energy performance data to expand the market for energy efficiency in multifamily and commercial building by leveraging the Standard Energy Efficiency Data (SEED) Platform, Building Energy Data Exchange Specification (BEDES), and other U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) tools. The project will achieve this goal by using the building performance data to improve energy efficiency program design and delivery. Specifically, the project will work with efficiency program administrators (at utilities, cities, etc.) to develop new and innovative ways in which the data collected through benchmarking, energy audits, and related policies can be used to influence building codes and standards, improve building energy policies, unlock data directly for market use, scale-up the market for energy efficiency services, create new building technologies, drive competition, and target commercial building stock that would most benefit from energy efficiency interventions.


The project will provide critical answers to questions about the value of benchmarking data and ordinances overall, and through data-driven feedback loops will enable cities to calibrate benchmarking and related policy requirements. The project will first work within the District of Columbia and New York City markets, where benchmarking and other building performance data is now publicly available, to assist program administrators in:

  • Integrating SEED and BEDES with existing information systems including customer relationship management systems, to insert insight derived from building performance data into the day-to-day work processes of staff of each city and program administrator;
  • Identifying buildings that are performing within the lowest quartile for their type;
  • Identifying the measures that typically improve the performance of those buildings;
  • Designing new programs and outreach strategies to engage with those buildings; and
  • Successfully delivering energy efficiency improvements.


DOE Technology Manager: Amy Jiron
Lead Performer: Julie Hughes, director of building energy performance policy, IMT

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