Data Standards Take a Big Leap Forward
David Rinebolt, Program Manager for the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP), announced at the 2017 HPC National Home Performance Conference & Trade Show that WAP will be adopting the Building Performance Institute (BPI) data standard, Home Performance Extensible Mark-up Language (HPXML).
The integration of HPXML into the program’s energy auditing software is part of a larger, two-year project of improving WAPs system for collecting and exchanging data between the program and its contractors. HPXML standardizes terminology used in weatherization and also includes a standard data transfer protocol, which makes it easier and less expensive to exchange data between different software systems.
This is an important step forward for HPXML and the industry, the success of which depends significantly on contractor profitability. HPXML reduces barriers to collecting and aggregating data for research and evaluation purposes, and transferring it to various industry stakeholders.
Over the next two years, HPC will be providing technical support to David’s team to ensure that the integration of HPXML into WAPs new system is cost-efficient and seamless. We will also be supporting the development of a new standard HPXML dataset that includes the minimum required data to be collected during an energy audit
At the National HPC Conference this year, Home Performance Coalition also released its Data Standards Roadmap for public comment. The roadmap prioritizes strategies for driving data standardization in the residential energy efficiency industry. To submit feedback on the roadmap, or become involved in the planning process, please fill out the Contact Us form below, in order to reach Julie Caracino, Director of Research & Standards at HPC.
To learn more about HPXML, visit www.hpxmlonline.com.