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SEED Platform Collaborative

This map depicts the SEED Collaborative's Inaugural Partners.

DOE launched the SEED Platform Collaborative in an effort to assist organizations utilizing the Standard Energy Efficiency Data (SEED) Platform™ to manage building data. The Collaborative, a partnership with state and local governments and efficiency program administrators, leading non-profits and private sector companies that are committed to radically reshaping the data landscape in the buildings sector, is a vital component to the uptake and successful implementation of SEED.

The Department of Energy built the Standard Energy Efficiency Data (SEED) Platform™ to help unlock data-driven program design and implementation in the energy efficiency sector. While there is significant interest in adopting the SEED Platform, many organizations need assistance getting existing datasets and software connected, updating internal business processes, and extracting the most value out of the data. To help these organizations succeed, DOE launched the SEED Platform Collaborative--a partnership with state and local governments and efficiency program administrators, leading non-profits and private sector companies that are committed to radically reshaping the data landscape in the buildings sector.

Get Involved

The SEED Collaborative encourages engagement amongst those with a vested interest in transforming the buildings sector to be more data driven. Opportunities exist for various levels of involvement – each is detailed below.

PartnersPartners are state and local governments that support the goals of the SEED Collaborative, and use the SEED Platform or engage in other Collaborative activities. Partners receive a free SEED Platform account, several hours of one-on-one technical assistance, and have access to quarterly Collaborative calls and a web-based user forum. Collaborative Partners can also explore opportunities with Affiliates to receive additional technical support or custom enhancements.

Inaugural Partners

The Inaugural Partners are the first-movers implementing the SEED Platform™ and have been selected to receive a free SEED Platform account, as well as intensive technical assistance priority input on new development for three years, in exchange for testing new features and sharing their experiences with the broader community.

Each Inaugural Partner and how they are currently, or plan to, utilize the SEED Platform is detailed below:

Atlanta, GA will use SEED to help manage incoming building energy data for their upcoming benchmarking compliance deadlines. 

Berkeley, CA plans to use SEED to collect and store data from their Building Energy Saving Ordinance for all buildings which will connect to other local database systems. 

Cambridge, MA is using the SEED Platform to maintain a list of buildings that need to comply with their Building Energy Use Disclosure Ordinance and to manage building performance data.

The California Energy Commission will use the SEED Platform as part of the data infrastructure necessary to support implementation of California’s Assembly Bill 802. 

Houston, TX will use the SEED Platform to track municipal building energy performance data and better understand their local building stock. 

Kansas City, MO plans to use the SEED Platform to manage municipal building performance data and private building performance data during the implementation of their Energy Empowerment Ordinance. 

Montgomery County, MD will use the SEED Platform to help implement their Building Energy Benchmarking Law and track building performance data.

New York City, NY is using the SEED Platform to collect building performance data from their Local Law 84 as well easily share this data between other departments. 

Orlando, FL plans to use SEED to track municipal building performance information and store information on their local commercial building stock. 

Philadelphia, PA plans to use the SEED Platform to help in the implementation of their Benchmarking Ordinance and create connections between the building data and internal communications platforms

Salt Lake City, UT is using the SEED Platform to better understand its local building stock and generate a more accurate and complete database of buildings.

Washington, D.C. uses the SEED platform to track and store information from their benchmarking ordinance, as well as to share the information with other agencies and other connected tools. 

2016 Partners

There will be another opportunity to sign on as a Partner in 2016. Please click on the link to the right to be notified of updates.


Each Affiliate plays an integral role in promoting the SEED Collaborative and associated goals. Including non-governmental and industry organizations, Affiliates provide forums to discuss key issues, planning for solutions, and encourage growth and utilization of the SEED Platform, as well as amplify the importance of building data in the market.

C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group

Energy consumed in buildings accounts for up to 75% of all carbon emissions in C40 Cities in the United States, so it’s critical cities understand how best to tackle this sector. Better management and understanding of building data allows  cities to target policies and programmes that will have the greatest impact on emissions.

"C40 is pleased to join the SEED collaborative because we know that action on climate change comes about more quickly and at a lower cost when cities share knowledge, collaborate and work with the private sector, state officials, and national leaders."

-- Mark Watts, executive director, C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group

Institute for Market Transformation

"Collaboration in identifying, establishing, and standardizing best practices on the use of building performance data is a critical step in moving the larger market toward more efficient buildings—a transformation that will benefit a vast number of cities, building owners, and occupants," said Cliff Majersik, executive director of the Institute for Market Transformation. "IMT is proud to participate in the SEED Collaborative and build upon the diverse perspectives its participants, partners, and DOE bring to the table in this important endeavor."

Natural Resources Defense Council

"We live in a Big Data world and the SEED Collaborative gives us the tools we need to talk to each other about the most effective ways to use our natural resources by saving energy in the very buildings that give our cities their unique character,” said Shelley Poticha, director of the Urban Solutions program at the Natural Resources Defense Council. “The SEED Collaborative is a remarkable partnership that solves the problem of lack of access to information enabling cities to make good decisions on energy efficiency in buildings. We at NRDC are committed to scaling up good solutions and we are excited to work with the innovative leaders at the Department of Energy to make this happen."

National League of Cities

"Cities that efficiently utilize and understand the data they collect can provide greater service to their residents,” said National League of Cities CEO and Executive Director Clarence E. Anthony. “The SEED Collaborative is an important step for cities and local governments so they can make smarter decisions about how to use data more effectively."

National Association of State Energy Officials

"The SEED Collaborative is another example of what State Energy Offices can achieve with their local government, private, and federal partners,” said David Terry, executive director of the National Association of State Energy Officials. “This effort takes the data conversation out of the abstract and provides a platform for states to continue to innovate by effectively managing and comparing building energy consumption and the efficacy of efforts aimed at improving the efficiency in the institutional and commercial building stock."

Technical Allies Technical Allies are private companies and other entities that offer SEED Platform hosting services, have contributed code to the master branch of the open source codebase, or developed a plug-in app. SEED Technical Allies can also offer SEED users technical support, IT integration, training, or other services. To become a SEED Technical Ally, please see the LBNL SEED Platform web page.
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