Towers of Babel

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Dan Probst
Energy and Sustainability Services

One of the underlying themes of the Verge conference was “sharing”:  Sharing cars through Buzzcar, standards for energy performance measurement, making data public, and generally pulling together to overcome energy and sustainability challenges.  Virtually every speaker touched on some aspect of social networking, shared analytics and rising levels of standardization in his or her industry. Except me.

In my presentation, I pointed out that ASHRAE started developing communication protocols for sharing building performance information in 1987, and took nine years to release the final standard; yet today, the large controls companies still use their own proprietary, closed systems, resisting the standard protocols.  That collective decision prevented progress toward smart portfolios, unless every building used the same manufacturer’s controls – a virtual impossibility, given the way companies constantly change their occupancy through relocation, acquisitions and mergers.

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