I don’t know about you, but nothing gets me ready for fall like a windowless room and a moderated panel presentation! When did fall become conference season in the green building/energy efficiency world? I’m sure Hallmark is behind it somehow.
Joking aside, it was great to catch up with so many real estate folks recently at ULI’s Fall Meeting in San Francisco. This week is BECC (Behavior, Energy, and Climate Conference, highly recommended) in Sacramento, and next week is the always worthwhile VERGE in San Jose on Oct 26-29th. If you are coming visiting the Bay area soon let me know; I’ll buy you a drink.
And of course Greenbuild is Nov 18th to 20th in DC. I’ll be there and in New York the week before on a bit of an East Coast tour. The drink offer stands in either city, of course.
What's Keeping Me Busy: (More Data?)
My work of late has focused entirely on the potential uses of the building energy data coming from the privately owned building stock. It seems everyone has something in mind for the data, for better or worse. Many cities and non-profits are interested in ways to ultimately use that data to reduce the energy use of their local building sector. Benchmarking laws are the first step, but what’s next?
Then there is the horde of software and service providers that think access to building energy data has allowed them create a “game-changing” technology. Maybe it’s because I’m still new to Silicon Valley, but I’m not sure what game we are playing anymore. That said, Alphabet is making a self-driving car, so who knows what could be next. Alphabet is crazy.
And finally there are the building managers who have always been drowning in a sea of building energy data and aren’t too excited about more. Keeping the tenants happy and the space leased hasn’t become any easier. I’ve been hearing a lot of these folks say, “That’s pretty, but I just want someone who knows something to tell me what to do.”
It’s the question of how to help these folks do their job that’s been grabbing most of my time. This question has taken me back to Australia (again!) and had me meeting with more real estate companies than I can count, but I think I’ve found a company that has at least the beginning of a solution. Suffice it to say technology is not a replacement for expertise and trust! I’m looking forward to writing more about this in the coming months.