The SEED Platform™ makes it easy to utilize and share data on the energy performance of buildings.
The Standard Energy Efficiency Data (SEED) Platform™ is an open source software application that fills a major market need for data-driven energy efficiency program design and implementation. The SEED Platform enables streamlining of complex building data and allows users to share selected data with partners or make it publicly available.
Is SEED right for you?
- Import data from multiple sources such as EPA’s Portfolio Manager®, property tax assessor records, Green Button data, and audit findings, and merge the datasets together.
- Translate the data into a standard format, and conduct cleansing and range checks to identify errors.
- Search the data and create projects and reports to support activities, such as energy performance benchmarking, and monitoring or portfolio-level performance analysis.
- Generate charts and graphs displaying key metrics for groups of buildings.
- Share selected data with other software tools, public-facing dashboards, researchers, consultants, and others through the application programming interface (API).
- SEED makes data management easier. SEED helps automate the process of formatting, matching, and cleaning data. SEED allows multiple parties to work on the same dataset and keep track of edits and activities. As a result, SEED helps increase data quality and save staff time.
- SEED is free. The core SEED Platform software is freely available on our Github page and DOE provides limited-time accounts on LBNL’s servers for qualified users to try it out. Users can then install the software on their own servers or the Amazon cloud, or use a SEED Affiliate’s hosting services.
- SEED is connected. SEED can handle many kinds of data imported from related tools such as EPA Portfolio Manager™, Green Button, the DOE’s Commercial Building Energy Asset Score and Home Energy Score.
- SEED is a national standard. The SEED Platform is supported by the US Department of Energy to provide a common, interoperable platform for the industry. It uses the BEDES data format. Use of a common platform will also make it easier for companies to offer add-on products and services.
- SEED is open source. The core SEED code is open source, which means that anyone can add onto or modify the software. Code enhancements can be contributed back to the project so that everyone benefits.
- Department of Energy: Development and strategic lead
- Institute for Market Transformation: SEED Collaborative support and Partner business process assistance
- Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory: Software development and Partner technical support
- National Renewable Energy Laboratory: Software development and Affiliate engagement