Improving the health of our building operations is one of the most effective, current ways to reduce our impact on climate change.
And just as in medicine, being able to diagnose and improve health requires research and access to information on actual performance.
So the recent initiatives in the American cities of New York, San Francisco, Washington, DC, Philadelphia, and Boston to release their building energy performance data should be applauded.
This is particularly pertinent when internationally the built environment has been estimated to contribute to one-third of the energy emissions associated with anthropogenic climate change. Meanwhile, Australian buildings produce around 23% of Australia’s greenhouse emissions; 10% from commercial buildings and 13% from residential buildings.