The tools will include a Web site with a comprehensive database for evaluating energy efficient building materials and fixtures. The Web site will include performance metrics, along with detailed laboratory and field test plans, that building operators can use to evaluate new technologies and products that aim to increase the energy efficiency of commercial buildings. The Web site, along with building energy simulation tools, will be available to the general public in 2011.
Josh Knauer, CEO of Rhiza Labs, said “We are honored to be chosen to lead the development of this important initiative that could translate into millions of dollars of long-term savings for commercial building operators across the country. While renewable technologies often cost more to install up-front, they usually pay for themselves in the savings gained from lower energy costs. These tools will help consumers verify a product’s energy rating through independent third-party testing. They also will allow users to share the results with the public and build detailed building energy simulations based on the results. This makes it much easier and faster for building operators to decide what mix of new and conventional technologies will yield them the best return on their energy conservation investment.”
Rhiza Labs was selected for its expertise in building tools that integrate high volumes of diverse data and make it available for analysis and decision-making through easy to use Web tools. As data usability experts, Rhiza Labs has helped numerous government agencies, foundations and corporations increase their bottom line by giving them the tools they need to make better decisions under tight deadlines.
Rhiza Labs is a Pittsburgh-based software company that builds Web-based tools that help organizations collect, analyze, visualize and share data. Rhiza’s clients includes leading corporations, government agencies and non-proﬁt organizations throughout the world.
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The NREL is the U.S. Department of Energy’s primary national laboratory for renewable energy and energy efficiency research and development. The NREL is operated for the departmen by the Alliance for Sustainable Energy, LLC. Agency website: http://www.nrel.gov
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