The Washington, D.C.-based U.S. Green Building Council has opened its Building Performance Partnership (BPP) program to include all current whole-building LEED-certified commercial and residential projects. The BPP program is designed to help owners and managers of commercial and residential LEED-certified buildings to optimize the performance of these buildings through data collection, analysis and action. The new, voluntary collaboration will increase the population of the comprehensive green building performance database and help establish and standardize new building performance benchmarks. Currently, more than 120 projects are participating in Phase One, which focuses on energy and water. These projects will receive a performance report prior to the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo 2010 in Chicago this November.
“The significance of USGBC conducting this research is to inform future iterations of the LEED green building program. By providing a large and accurate data set critical to supporting the ongoing improvement of LEED and continuous optimization of LEED-certified projects, BPP will ensure LEED projects deliver on their extraordinary environmental and economic potential,” says Scot Horst, senior vice president, LEED. To learn more about the Building Performance Partnership, visit www.usgbc.org/bpp.