USGBC, Lucid Design Group Collaborate to Deliver Automated Performance Tracking of Buildings

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The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and Lucid Design Group, Inc. announce a collaboration to bring Lucid’s real-time energy and water use tracking software, Building Dashboard®, to LEED building owners.

Working with Lucid to pilot an automated performance reporting system will advance LEED and green building to the next level. – Scot Horst, Senior Vice President, LEED, USGBC

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and Lucid Design Group, Inc. today announced a collaboration to bring Lucid’s real-time energy and water use tracking software to LEED building owners. The participating buildings are part of USGBC’s Building Performance Partnership and will continuously report on their building’s energy and water use. The Building Performance Partnership (BPP) is a program engaging LEED building owners and managers to optimize the performance of buildings through data collection, analysis and action.

“Working with Lucid to pilot an automated performance reporting system will advance LEED and green building to the next level,” said Scot Horst, Senior Vice President, LEED, USGBC. “Ultimately, the environmental benefits of green building need to be continuously verified. Using Lucid’s software in this pilot will be a model for how the industry advances automated, third-party monitoring in the future.”

Building Dashboard® tracks real-time energy and water use in buildings and displays this information on the web with an intuitive interface. Already hundreds of building owners are using Lucid’s software, including several dozen LEED-certified buildings, said Michael Murray, Lucid’s chief executive.

USGBC’s goals for BPP are to build a comprehensive green building performance database, enable standardization of reporting metrics and analytics, and establish new performance benchmarks.

As a pilot project within BPP, Lucid’s Building Dashboard software will be used to test and develop the internet-based reporting system. USGBC currently provides LEED Online, a comprehensive website for building owners to manage the LEED documentation and certification process. LEED Online will be expanded to include actual performance data from buildings.

Energy and water data are interpreted and displayed on graphs and animated gauges – showing kilowatt-hours, cost and carbon dioxide emissions – on the web or on touch screen displays in buildings. Other applications of Lucid’s software include energy conservation competitions at colleges and universities. Resource use feedback and real-time energy use competitions have helped institutions reduce consumption by 5 to 20 percent on a long-term basis, said Murray.

McCormick Place in Chicago, the venue for the USGBC’s annual Greenbuild conference, has its electricity use monitored in real time and will be demonstrated at the conference.

To learn more, visit http://www.LucidDesignGroup.com/USGBC

About Lucid Design Group

Lucid Design Group, Inc. is a privately held cleantech software company, founded in 2004, and a pioneer in providing real-time information feedback to teach, inspire behavior change and save energy and water resources in buildings. Over the past six years, Lucid’s team has endeavored to make resource use visible, accessible and engaging so that building occupants have the data visualization and communication tools to reduce and manage their consumption.

Today, tens of thousands of people live and work in schools, companies, community and commercial buildings enhanced by Lucid's web-based Building Dashboard technology. Now in its fourth generation, the intuitive Building Dashboard user interface allows occupants to connect personal electricity, water and natural gas consumption with the actions and events that take place within buildings.

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