HPC Releases Data Standards Roadmap for Industry Review
The Building Performance Association will be releasing a Data Standards Roadmap for stakeholder review on March 19th, 2017 at the Association National Home Performance Conference & Trade Show. The Data Standards Roadmap identifies priorities and actions for driving data standardization in the residential energy efficiency industry, including:
- Developing a clear explanation of how savings can be achieved through standardization for industry stakeholders;
- Ensuring HPXML remains updated and coordinated with other industry standards, including DOE’s Building Energy Data Exchange Specification (BEDES);
- Aligning HPXML with the Real Estate Standards Organization’s Data Dictionary to facilitate the automatic population of Multiple Listing Services with energy efficiency information and data;
- Standardizing how energy efficiency improvements are defined and validated for use in program implementation, reporting, and EM&V; and,
- Targeting education and outreach to stakeholders likely to benefit from HPXML and other data standards.
HPC led the roadmapping process with input from the HPXML working group to enable market actors to efficiently obtain high quality, low cost data to make decisions that grow the market for residential energy efficiency products and services.
Data standards, like HPXML, a data collection and transfer standard published by the Building Performance Institute, are a powerful solution to some of the most intractable problems facing the home energy efficiency industry.
Data standards are crucial in enabling the quantification of energy savings that result from energy efficiency upgrades that in turn allow for savings guarantees, low-cost consumer finance, and the sale of energy efficiency into energy, capacity, and carbon markets. Data standards are crucial for ensuring that energy efficiency improvements in homes are properly valued in real estate transactions. Finally, data standards are crucial for on-going research into the best methods for making homes energy efficient because the aggregation of standardized data supports comparability and comprehensive, ongoing analysis of program and contractor performance.
HPC is soliciting stakeholder feedback on the strategies outlined in the Data Standards Roadmap, with the goal of developing an industry working group of stakeholders that would participate in the implementation of the plan.
Please stop by HPC Booth #500 to pick up your copy of the Roadmap, or email Julie Caracino, Director of Research and Standards at email@example.com. We will be accepting comments until May 31, 2017.