The U.S. Green Building Council stepped up its commitment to improved building performance with the launch of the Building Performance Initiative, designed to put in place a comprehensive data collection effort from all buildings that have achieved LEED certification; implement an appropriate analysis methodology of that data; and provide feedback to building owners so they have better information with which to address any performance gaps that stem from predicted building performance versus actual performance.
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.
"This initiative is about gathering knowledge about building performance in a way no one has ever done before," said USGBC LEED Senior Vice President, Scot Horst.
"The information that we collect from our certified projects is a workable, holistic approach for achieving better performing buildings."
Horst noted that the LEED green building program was created to transform the way buildings traditionally have been designed and constructed with the goal of reducing the building's impact on the environment by being more energy, water and resource efficient, but a building's day-to-day operation has a dramatic impact on its performance.