eProject Builder (ePB), an energy project data management tool developed by Berkeley Lab, recently reached a milestone of 600 projects initiated and over 1,000 users trained. ePB is also a finalist in the 2018 R&D 100 awards—the “Oscars” of innovation.
ePB standardizes the way energy project performance data is collected, tracked and reported, better enabling energy project customers to monitor project performance and conduct data-based analysis and benchmarking.
With billions of dollars of energy retrofit projects implemented across the U.S., and historically no standard way to manage project data and track performance, ePB fills the gap by providing the only nationwide project data tracking and reporting system. Since its launch four years ago, ePB has seen growing adoption by the $6 billion energy service company (ESCO) industry and its customers.
The free tool is available to facility owners and managers and their ESCOs to preserve, analyze, and track data for their energy projects, and to provide statistics on a range of performance metrics for various market sectors. The U.S. ESCO industry implements comprehensive projects that provide long-term cost, energy, and other resource savings in local, state, and federal government buildings as well as private sector facilities. It delivers significant energy savings each year – an amount equivalent to 1 percent of all annual U.S. commercial building energy consumption. Investment in ESCO projects and services has grown from about $1.5 billion annually to more than $6 billion annually over the past 20 years.
“eProject Builder is fundamentally improving the way ESCO project data is reported, analyzed, and tracked,” said Terry Singer, Executive Director of the National Association of Energy Service Companies (NAESCO), a leading industry trade association. “Use of eProject Builder will increase the implementation of energy-saving performance contracting projects and significantly benefit the public and institutional customers of these projects.”
eProject Builder has been endorsed by the two leading ESCO industry trade associations, the Energy Services Coalition and NAESCO. Both organizations partner with Berkeley Lab on outreach and training activities for the tool.
“eProject Builder is a great tool to help achieve broader use and acceptance of guaranteed energy savings performance contracting in the municipal, state and local government, university, school and hospital markets,” said Jim Arwood, Executive Director of the Energy Services Coalition. “Documenting and demonstrating the value of these project investments for the full term of the contract, and archiving the data in a central secure repository, may prove far more valuable to the states and end-users than we can even imagine today.”
The project was funded by the U.S. Department of Energy's Federal Energy Management Program and Office of Weatherization and Intergovernmental Programs.