Knowing how your building's energy efficeincy compares to others has traditionally been difficult to learn. Having the ability to compare the energy efficiency in neighboring buildings can lead to understanding the impact of best practitces and lead to improvements across all buildings.
A research team at the New York University (NYU) has created a tool that gives a picture of energy efficiency in city buildings and helps track progress in curtailing greenhouse gas emissions by these facilities.
The NYU team and the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability consolidated six years of data to make the interactive map, which color codes buildings based on energy efficiency. NYU’s Marron Institute of Urban Management and the NYU Urban Intelligence Lab, led by a professor at the institute with the goal of using data to address city problems, created the tool.