In the design and construction industry, there is a growing movement to collect more information about building operation, maintenance, and performance, especially for green, sustainable, and high performance buildings. While several individuals and organizations have been working for years to increase the amount of publicly available building performance data, these measures have not yet been collected for a broad set of buildings.
Many research efforts have collected robust and extensive building performance data, but existing project data sets are limited in scope (by developer, owner, company, and/or region) and/or their metrics are often limited to a single category (e.g., energy use) with little or no crossover. While there are many existing databases and research studies, data collection methods are not consistent. DASH is working to address these issues while offering valuable triple bottom line information about buildings to a wide range of subscribers.
Consequently, DASH’s user-friendly national repository for building performance data aims to collect building performance information on a large scale so that buildings can compare and benchmark their performance. By linking building performance across triple bottom line considerations, DASH aspires to put analytics behind decision-making for all buildings.
History of DASH
DASH was initiated by Green Building Alliance (GBA) in 2004 as the “High Performance Building Database Protocol and Repository” (HPBDPR). GBA has received continued strong support for its role as a facilitator and catalyst for this much-needed project. In 2008, GBA began co-managing DASH with the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE). National stakeholders from real estate, industry, consulting, academia, national laboratories, and government continue to be involved in DASH at various engagement levels.