Construction Dive (10/07/16) Peiffer, Emily
The green building movement has accelerated in recent years and no longer needs to work as hard to convince industry stakeholders of the benefits of sustainable construction. However, as the movement aims to address trillions of square feet in real estate assets around the world, decision-makers are focusing on the hard data associated with building green. Certification organizations and improving technology currently are contributing to the next stage of the movement, which is driven by data and the ability to share it with project stakeholders. Participating in the 2016 Greenbuild International Conference & Expo, industry experts explored how their companies approach sustainability through data-driven insights, and how they use those insights to add value to projects. Although certification and sustainability tracking programs such as LEED, BREEAM, and GRESB have existed for years, data collection is now beginning to take a central role in the construction and management process. Building maintenance and operations can track several datasets, such as air quality, lighting, utility data, leasing data, thermal comfort, HVAC, weather, waste and recycling, security, and occupancy. However, a major roadblock to wider implementation of building data tracking technology has been the complex nature of many software systems, but new technologies are being developed that simplify the data and make it applicable to users.