New Study on Washington, D.C. Building Benchmarking Using Unique Building IDs

A new U.S. Department of Energy case study has been released regarding Washington, D.C.’s use of Unique Building IDs (UBIDs) for building data. DOE and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory developed the UBID to identify buildings and help match and merge building energy and attribute data. It can help organizations compare information from different buildings in a way that would be difficult using traditional identifiers. Washington, D.C. was one of twelve partners that participated in DOE’s recently concluded Building Energy Data Analysis (BEDA) Accelerator, a collaborative launched two years ago to pilot UBIDs in a variety of real-world applications. Buildings are currently responsible for 74% of D.C.’s greenhouse gas emissions. D.C.’s Clean and Affordable Energy Act of 2008 was the first building energy benchmarking and disclosure policy in the country, requiring that energy and water efficiency of all large private and municipal buildings be reported to the District for public disclosure. More on the D.C. case study can be found here

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