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Owners want more light shed on energy data.

A coalition of real estate groups--calling itself the Data Access and Transparency Alliance--has endorsed a new resolution aimed at providing building owners with whole-building energy data.

National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) recently adopted a resolution that encourages state public utility commissions to provide commercial building owners with access to whole-building energy consumption data to support energy-efficient building operations.

DATA's members, including the Building Owners and Managers Association, The Real Estate Roundtable (PER), and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), are advocating the need for building owners to have access to aggregate building energy consumption data, as it concerns building owners' ability to manage energy efficiency and comply with the growing number of state/local mandatory benchmarking and disclosure requirements.

Currently, many building owners lack access to energy consumption data for separately metered tenant spaces in their buildings and, since the tenant owns the data, most utilities will only provide tenant energy consumption data to the owner/manager with the permission of the tenant.

The new resolution gives building owners and tenants the capacity to make informed decisions to drive energy efficiency improvements, while the aggregate nature of the data protects the privacy of tenants.
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Publication:Real Estate Weekly
Date:Sep 7, 2011
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