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Lucid, HonestBuildings.com Provide Real-Time Energy Usage for ‘Thousands of Commercial Buildings’

Cleantech software company Lucid and HonestBuildings.com have partnered to provide real-time energy usage for thousands of commercial buildings across the US.

This allows anyone to type in an address and access performance data for buildings listed on the HonestBuidlings.com platform, such as the LEED gold-certified Koch Science Center at Deerfield Academy (pictured), or the net-zero energy office at 5010 Shoreham Place in San Diego, built and occupied by DPR Construction.

HonestBuildings.com is a free, web-based real-estate network that, since it launched in late March, has collected information for more than 60,000 buildings in the US. Its online building profiles provide information including square footage, EnergyStar and LEED certifications, building ownership and management, and the projects and renovations that have been performed on a building.

Lucid, which provides real-time energy and water usage monitoring services, says its Building Dashboard software is deployed in thousands of buildings. Through its partnership with HonestBuidlings.com, Lucid will include resource and performance data on the HonestBuildings.com profile pages of buildings that use Lucid’s energy-monitoring technology.

The companies say this will help property owners and building managers more effectively market commercial real estate, and allow prospective tenants and occupants to make more informed real-estate decisions.

Last month, 10 Starbucks coffee shops began a pilot program using Lucid’s Building Dashboard in an attempt to change employee’s energy-related behavior, encouraging them to identify conservation strategies that will reduce the amount of energy required to run their stores while not hurting customer service.

The Building Dashboard helped building owners in downtown Seattle to track cuts in their consumption, Lucid announced in March. Members of the Seattle 2030 District reported cutting energy use by 5.6 percent, water 2.2 percent, and CO2 from transportation 0.8 percent, all against 2010 levels.

Earlier this week, Liberty Property Trust announced it had identified $2.3 million in energy savings potential across 110 buildings using building efficiency software company Retroficiency’s remote Virtual Energy Assessment tool. The tool identified 25 million kWh savings potential without the need for building visits or specialized hardware.

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