USGBC announces Building Performance Initiative

Comprehensive data collection and analysis methods will be shared with LEED building owners and project teams.

By Source: U.S. Green Building Council August 26, 2009

The U.S. Green Building Council ( USGBC ) stepped up its commitment to improved building performance with the launch of the Building Performance Initiative, according to a recent press release. The initiative will begin to collect comprehensive data from all USGBC LEED-certified buildings, implement an appropriate analysis methodology, and provide feedback to building owners so they can better address performance gaps that stem from predicted building performance versus actual performance.

"The information that we collect from our certified projects is a workable, holistic approach for achieving better performing buildings," said USGBC LEED senior vice president Scot Horst.

This initiative complements the announcement earlier this year that will require ongoing performance data from buildings as part of their certification under the latest version of LEED and beyond. Horst noted a building’s day-to-day operation has a dramatic impact on its performance. With better information, an owner and facility manager will know where the gaps between performance and design are.
Four Building Performance Initiative summits will be held across the United States this September and October. Participants will have a chance to preview USGBC’s data collection agenda and proposed analysis methodology and provide other feedback. The inputs from these meetings will be reported on at the First Annual Building Performance Summit at Greenbuild , Nov. 11 to 13, in Phoenix.