By: John Kennedy
Who this is for: Energy Analysts, Building Scientists, Engineers performing energy modeling.
Takeaway: Incorporating utility bill data and synchronized weather data in your Green Building Studio project for evaluating historical building performance to simulation results is very easy.
"If you can not measure it, you can not improve it." – Lord Kelvin
Lord Kelvin falls into a category of brilliant people who charted the path to all the incredible technology we rely on today. He knew that if we couldn’t measure something we could not improve it, let alone charge money for it. With regard to the hundreds of millions of buildings on the planet that consume over 40% of all energy, we definitely need to improve them, and Green Building Studio’s new Green Button feature will make that easier.
First off, what is the Green Button Initiative? In 2011, the White House challenged industry to make it much easier for consumers to get their utility usage history from their electricity, fuel, and water providers. Since then an XML standard was selected and enhanced to meet the challenge. Over 52 utilities have committed their support with a large number having implemented this standard, that is now called the Green Button. Over 45 applications have further committed or implemented the ability to read Green Button data, and now Autodesk is proud to be among these forward leaning applications.
From meter madness to streamlined pleasure, that is how the Green Button will simplify your utility meter data collection and use. Measurement and verification of building performance is a key use for utility meter data, and the International Performance Measurement and Verification Protocol (IPMVP) sets the standard for how utility metered data is used for this purpose. Option C and D of the IPMVP standard use utility metered data. Option D is the most flexible, yet it is the most complex, and this is where Autodesk’s Green Building Studio and the Green Button initiative make for a great solution.
Green Building Studio’s utility upload feature, released earlier this year, is based on a linked MS Excel spreadsheet, the #1 utility data analysis tool, and automatically retrieves weather data from 3Tier for the project’s exact location on the planet and the utility period uploaded. This capability takes all the pain out of pursuing Option D by using weather data that is in sync with the building’s utility data when running energy simulations on GBS. Check out the videos of this feature used on Autodesk San Rafael headquarters.
Please let us know what you think in the comments below. We would love to hear about your experience in using this feature.