Energy Star Portfolio Manager Upgrade: What Is It?
EPA Investing in New Energy Star Portfolio Manager Web Services The EPA is closing in on the scheduled release of their newly upgraded Energy Star Portfolio Manager that will make benchmarking building energy efficiency more, for lack of a better word, efficient. The upgrade will include changes to the database architecture, system processing, web services, and user interface. All changes are being made with an overarching purpose of improving functionality and usability for all parties. Most notable for the Portfolio Manager user, is that the web services, formally known as Automated Benchmarking Services (ABS), will have a new software design to simplify the process of exchanging data with Portfolio Manager.
National Standard for Commercial Building Energy Benchmarks
As you most likely know if you are reading this, Portfolio Manager is the tool that the EPA provides in their Energy Star program for understanding building energy performance. It measures, tracks, and assesses energy and water consumption and it is a valuable foundation for benchmarking building efficiency. According to Energy Star, it currently consists of over 300,000 benchmarked buildings. The tool has taken on increased importance as governments accross the USA have embraced energy disclosure laws like AB1103 in California, Local Law 84 in NYC, and BERDO in Boston.
WegoWise provides Energy Star Benchmarking for commercial buildings by utilizing Portfolio Manager web services, and provides utility benchmarks for the multi-family housing market utilizing our industry leading multi-family database.
New Energy Star Web Services Makes Life Easier
The big change that will take place in regards to the web services software is replacing the old Standard Operation Access Protocol (SOAP) with the new REST protocol. REST stands for Representational State Transfer and will include web services that use these 4 basic methods:
GET – retrieves existing data
POST – adds a new item
PUT – edits or updates the value of an existing entry or attribute
DELETE – removes an existing entry
These four simple functions will create a system that relies on smaller transactions than before. That means that data for one meter within Portfolio Manager exists on it’s own rather than being clumped together with data from other meters. It also means that trouble-shooting will be easier. One can program the system to respond to specific error codes to avoid future problems, and since the data is small and isolated for each individual call, less will need to be reviewed to fix a problem.
Other Benefits of the New Energy Star Web Services
Platform-Independent Integration (programming language will not matter)
More accessible data through web services. This includes more in-depth meter information, an expanded list of metrics, a full revision history to manage property changes, and a “last modified date” feature.
The ability to save target energy performance data for the design of a new project or a major renovation that was generated using EPA’s Target Finder to be later compared with the actual operation of the built property.
An expansion to 86 different property types
Easier ability to access and update customer data if they are already on Portfolio Manager
The scheduled release date for the upgraded Portfolio Manager is July 10, 2013. Energy Star has given notice that it will be unavailable from June 26 through July 9 to allow the data to be transported into the new version. See EPA Website for more information.