Projects awarded using DOE’s indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (IDIQ) ESPC contract provide automated data collection and verification through e-Project Builder, a cyber-secure, web-based data management system maintained by the Lawrence Berkley National Laboratory (LBNL). Agencies should use e-Project Builder to improve tracking and accuracy of data for projects implemented through any ESPCs, UESCs, or funded through direct obligations. Data collected through e-Project Builder may be transmitted to FEMP to facilitate streamlined tracking of project savings and annual reporting. [Implementing Instructions for Executive Order 13834]
ePB is a secure, web-based data management application developed by Berkeley Lab with funding from the U.S. Department of Energy. It is the only nationwide system that standardizes the collection, tracking, and reporting of information for energy/water retrofit projects implemented in government, institutional, and private sector facilities. ePB enables facility owners, managers and their contractors to preserve and analyze project data throughout out the lifetime of a performance contract. In addition to the direct benefits to registered users, ePB contributes to a national database of energy/water retrofit projects, which allows researchers to publish studies detailing project performance metrics and broader industry trends.
These instructions have the potential to expand the number and scope of federal projects that use ePB. To date, ePB has been the required standard for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) ESPC projects as well as several states’ performance contracting programs. ePB is also the platform used by the National Association of Energy Service Companies (NAESCO) to provide national accreditation to energy service companies.
There are over 780 projects currently in the ePB database—representing $6.3 billion in project investment and $12.6 billion in total guaranteed cost savings. The ePB system is free to use and available at eprojectbuilder.lbl.gov. ePB was selected as a 2018 R&D 100 Award winner.
eProject Builder is supported by the U.S. Department of Energy’s FEMP and Office of Weatherization and Intergovernmental Programs.