The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recently announced partnerships with 21 companies, federal agencies, and state and local governments to promote the use of its Building Energy Asset Scoring Tool (Asset Score).
First released in 2014, Asset Score is a free Web-based software tool that identifies opportunities to improve the energy efficiency of a building's structure and energy-related systems.
Participants in the Asset Score National Leadership Network committed to use Asset Score on 10 buildings, work with the DOE to produce a case study, or promote Asset Score usage through educational activities, as well as help guide future improvements to the tool. The DOE has committed to provide technical assistance to support these commitments, which will occur throughout 2016.
Participants in the Asset Score National Leadership Network are:
- Association of Energy Engineers
- CH2M Hill
- City of Milwaukee
- DNV GL
- FS Energy
- Ingersoll Rand
- JBG Cos.
- Liberty Property Trust
- Marriott International
- Marx Okubo
- National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
- Performance Systems Development
- Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP
- State of Missouri
- State of Rhode Island
- Steven Winter Associates
- U.S. General Services Administration
To date, Asset Score has been used on 825 commercial and multifamily residential buildings nationwide totaling more than 83 million sq ft.
"As its use in the marketplace continues to grow, the Asset Score will help uncover building energy-improvement opportunities that expand national energy-efficiency awareness, create American jobs, and reduce utility expenses for businesses nationwide," Kathleen Hogan, PhD, DOE deputy assistant secretary for energy efficiency, said.
The DOE also recently announced the launch of Asset Score Preview, a feature within Asset Score that enables users to conduct simple energy-efficiency analysis by entering just a few of their building’s data points. Asset Score Preview users receive a score range on the Asset Score scale.
To learn more about Asset Score, Asset Score Preview, and the Leadership Network, click here.