U.S. DOE has charged Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) with taking the beta version of the Building Energy Data Exchange Specification (BEDES) and developing a version 1.0 for public release in 2014. LBNL is tasked with both developing the specification itself, as well as an implementation plan for the use of BEDES in the field.
The goal of BEDES is to facilitate the utilization and sharing of empirical building energy performance data among data collection and analysis activities and software tools, more easily and consistently and at lower cost. BEDES is intended to be used in tools and activities that help stakeholders make energy efficiency investment decisions, track building performance, and implement energy efficiency policies and programs.
As such, BEDES could serve as a central 'data dictionary' that a range of tools and platforms can either utilize or map to. The BEDES beta is already being used in some DOE tools, such as the Buildings Performance Database and Commercial Building Energy Asset Score, and for data collection activities for Federal building benchmarking and energy performance contracting activities. In addition, a range of State and local programs and private sector product and service providers have expressed interest in using it.
In developing BEDES, DOE has asked LBNL to reflect a broad understanding of stakeholder interests and take into account what they will find useful regarding such a specification. In fulfilling this charge, LBNL conducted an initial scoping study this past spring and has just launched a nine month working group process comprised of several Working Groups and Sub-Groups. To participate in the ongoing stakeholder process, sign up for working groups here.
The BEDES process began in Washington, D.C. with a Kick-Off Summit on Wednesday, December 11th, followed by the first meetings of the Strategic and Technical Working Groups on December 12th. At the Kick-Off, Dr. Kathleen Hogan, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Energy Efficiency at DOE, discussed the federal government's plans to utilize BEDES and vision for broader market adoption and use. Jean Lupinacci, Chief, Energy Star Commercial and Industrial Branch, EPA, and other industry leaders offered their views on the benefits and challenges of a common data specification like BEDES.
Dr. Jonathan Raab of Raab Associates assisted LBNL in facilitating the Kick-Off Summit and both Working Group meetings. DOE was in attendance as an active observer to ensure that the final specification will work for their tools.
The Module 1: Facility Level Data Sub-Groups will launch within a few weeks of the Kick-Off Summit. The three other in-person meetings of the Strategic Working Group and the Technical Working Group will be split between Washington, D.C. and Berkeley, California. Please see the BEDES schedule for the dates, times and locations of upcoming meetings.