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Jaros, Baum & Bolles (JB&B) Consulting Engineers, LLP


Benchmarking and Building Performance Standards: Seeding the Evolution

A study aims to demonstrate how collecting integrated hourly data is both feasible and a crucial input to measure and assess building performance.

“The future of building benchmarking and performance standards is hourly data.””
– Charlotte Matthews


New York State has several laws in place to drive building performance improvements. Unfortunately, they don't require the collection of key data such as occupancy information or energy use patterns.

Additionally, current assessment methods overlook the variable greenhouse gas emissions intensity of electricity consumption at different times of day. As a result, opportunities for occupancy-based efficiency, load shifting, and other essential strategies for managing carbon emissions are often missed.

Proposed Solution

JB&B is developing an innovative proof-of-concept benchmarking platform, a cloud-based data warehouse called “Benchmark 8760.” The team will use it to study the feasibility and scalability of collecting hourly occupancy data (while respecting privacy concerns) from a test set of ten New York City commercial buildings.

In addition to occupancy data, “Benchmark 8760” will securely capture hourly energy use, grid carbon intensity, and weather data. Benchmark 8760 takes a crucial step in advancing New York’s ability to fully understand and drive the adoption of grid-interactive efficient buildings.

Project Timeline

Initiated: December 2020

Completed: July 2023

Goals and Objectives

The project will utilize the newly created Benchmark 8760 platform to accomplish a range of objectives, including:


Testing the viability of securely and affordably collecting this information for use in building performance assessment methods.


Publishing the results of data collection on a publicly available dashboard.


Freely sharing all project resources, including the data warehouse and integration source code, data extraction techniques, academic papers, and industry reports.


Engaging the industry with the idea of using hourly data in building performance assessments.

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