New Buildings Institute announces launch of LEED Automation tool

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE



New Buildings Institute announces launch of LEED


Automation tool



COMNET Energy Modeling Portal saves time by automating upload

of energy data to LEED Online



August 1, 2012
--
New Buildings Institute (NBI) today announced the official release of one of the
first LEED Automation tools available to LEED project teams. Th
e COMNET Energy Modeling
Portal is an online platform used to collect energy modeling simulation results, perform quality
assurance checks, and submit the results to LEED Online for Energy & Atmosphere Prerequisite
2 and Energy & Atmosphere Credit 1. It ca
n be accessed at
www.comnet.org/portal.


"Users of the portal can save substantial time and reduce errors in LEED submittals," said
COMNET Business Manager Jared Silliker. "Until now, energy modelers have had t
o sift
through pages of output reports, locate the appropriate data, convert units, and then manually
type this information into the LEED Online Templates," he said.



Now LEED Online users can upload modeling results directly from their simulation softwa
re to
the COMNET Energy Modeling Portal. The Portal can be used for New Construction, Core &
Shell and Schools projects. The portal filters the results automatically, performs basic quality
assurance checks, and sends the results directly to LEED Online. F
rom the portal, users can
review the official LEED Online template to ensure that it has been filled out appropriately.



"The COMNET portal will allow design teams to spend more time focusing on optimization of
proposed designs, rather than non value
-
adding tasks. I envision at least a day's worth of time
saved from not having to manually fill out forms (for EAp2 and EAc1),"

said Roger Chang,
Principal and Director of Sustainability at Westlake Reed Leskosky, a building design firm based
in Washington, D.C.



"The new COMNET portal will be a valuable, time
-
saving tool for LEED project teams," said
Scot
Horst, Senior Vice Pre
sident,
USGBC. "LEED Automation is changing the LEED
certification landscape and helping accelerate the marketplace."



The portal supports exports from eQUEST, Trane TRACE™ 700 and EnergySoft's EnergyPro.
Trane and EnergySoft utilize the COMNET XML Schema
, which is publicly available for
vendors to incorporate in their building energy modeling software to export standard data.
COMNET is working with other modeling software vendors who are adding a COMNET XML
output option.


The new COMNET portal is current
ly free to use, but payment for the service will be required
after October 1. The introductory fee per project will range from $500 to $1,000 depending on
project size.


"This is a non
-
profit initiative to improve and streamline the modeling process. We wa
nt to keep
the fee low to maximize the use of the tool," explained Silliker. "We anticipate that the time
modelers will save on submissions will make the nominal fee well worth it."




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About COMNET

COMNET is managed by New Buildings Institute with support from the Architectural Energy
Corporation, Institute for Market Transformation, and RESNET. Several committees also
provide guidance and include members from the US Green Building Council, US DOE, U
S
EPA, ASHRAE and the California Energy Commission. For more information, visit
comnet.org




U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is committed to a prosperous and sustainable fut
ure
through cost
-
efficient and energy
-
saving green buildings. USGBC works toward its mission of
market transformation through its LEED green building program, robust educational offerings, a
nationwide network of chapters and affiliates, the annual Greenbu
ild International Conference &
Expo, and advocacy in support of public policy that encourages and enables green buildings and
communities.


LEED

The U.S. Green Building Council's LEED green building program system is the foremost
program for the design, c
onstruction, maintenance and operations of green buildings. Nearly
46,000 projects are currently participating in the commercial and institutional LEED rating
systems, comprising 8.6 billion square feet of construction space in all 50 states and 130
countr
ies. In addition, more than 20,000 residential units have been certified under the LEED for
Homes rating system, with nearly 80,000 more homes registered. For more information, visit
usgbc.org

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