22 Jul '11, 12pm

How Congress Can Spur Building Efficiency for $4M a Year

How Congress Can Spur Building Efficiency for $4M a Year

As the debt ceiling negotiations lurch forward and backward in Washington, I'm happy to report a recent and welcome showing of bipartisanship, this time on funding for the collection of national information on commercial building energy efficiency. First, some background: U.S. data on commercial building energy use is obtained through CBECS, the Commercial Building Energy Consumption Survey , conducted every four years by the Energy Information Administration , an independent statistical agency within the Department of Energy. Real estate product types covered by CBECS include, among others, office, retail, education, lodging, health care, religious worship, grocery and restaurant space. CBECS is not well-known, but is tremendously important in commercial building energy benchmarking. CBECS data are the foundation of the Energy Star benchmarking system, and are utilized by...

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