CHICAGO, Sept. 30, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Indie Energy today announced a technology partnership with U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), creators of the LEED green building program and LEED Online. The partnership brings together the first open platform for real-time building data and third-party Energy Apps on the Indie Energy Network with LEED Online, the software platform that manages the LEED green building certification process.
"Our partnership with Indie Energy allows us to use an open source technology platform that will integrate the LEED certification process with real-time data and third-party applications for M&V and ongoing commissioning," said Mahesh Ramanujam, COO, U.S. Green Building Council.
Organizations already developing Energy Apps for the Indie Energy Network include Kiewit Building Group, Gannett Fleming, Ygrene Energy Fund, Building Momentum Group, Energy Center of Wisconsin, WMA, and the US Business Council for Sustainable Development.
"Cleantech Group's analysis of the building energy efficiency market suggests that engineering companies, integrators, and capital sources need an open, global system of secure and real-time building data and applications. Indie Energy's move to provide an open source platform for building data and applications with Energy Apps and its Indie Energy Network is the kind of technology that can help address this need," said Josh Gould, Director Research & Advisory Services of Cleantech Group.
The Indie Energy Network enables performance-based energy efficiency with an open platform for Energy App developers worldwide. The system hosts real-time building data and smart analytics, controls, and optimization to prove and improve performance of both new and existing buildings. The Energy App Exchange provides an easy-to-use application framework and an open market for integrated applications such as Measurement & Verification, Ongoing Commissioning, Certification, Facilities Management, and Renewable Resource Optimization.
"By integrating LEED Online with the Indie Energy Network and Energy App Exchange, we have extended the first open global platform for secure, real-time building data and applications so that LEED projects may be more easily and accurately certified and re-certified," said Daniel Cheifetz, Indie Energy CEO. "Providing the best engineering and service organizations in the world with a truly open platform for live building data and applications will jumpstart the delivery of high-impact, performance-based energy efficiency measures for the built environment," Cheifetz added.
Indie Energy is a U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) technology partner. Technology partners participate in the development and commercializing of the LEED Automation software platform, which allows connectivity between the open Indie Energy Network: http://www.indieenergynetwork.com, and USGBC's proprietary website, LEED Online: https://www.leedonline.com. USGBC will be presenting the LEED Online/Indie Energy Network integration on October 5th at Greenbuild in Toronto.
About Indie Energy Systems Company
Indie Energy transforms energy use in buildings to performance-based assets with two synergistic product lines: Indie Energy Network™– the first open platform enabling real-time building energy efficiency through Energy App™ developers and service providers worldwide; and Smart Geothermal™ – next generation technology systems that radically reduce the operating costs and greenhouse gas emissions of buildings. Indie Energy is headquartered in Evanston, Illinois. For more information, visit http://www.indieenergy.com
The U.S. Green Building Council is committed to a prosperous and sustainable future for our nation through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings. With a community comprising 79 local affiliates, nearly 16,000 member organizations, and more than 167,000 LEED Professional Credential holders, USGBC is the driving force of an industry that is projected to contribute $554 billion to the U.S. GDP from 2009-2013. USGBC leads an unlikely diverse constituency of builders and environmentalists, corporations and nonprofit organizations, elected officials and concerned citizens, and teachers and students. For more information, visit www.usgbc.org.
The U.S. Green Building Council's LEED green building certification system is the foremost program for the design, construction, maintenance and operation of green buildings. Over 40,000 projects are currently participating in the commercial and institutional LEED rating systems, comprising more than 8.3 billion square feet of construction space in all 50 states and 120 countries. In addition, more than 12,000 homes have been certified under the LEED for Homes rating system, with nearly 58,000 more homes registered. By using less energy, LEED-certified buildings save money for families, businesses and taxpayers; reduce greenhouse gas emissions; and contribute to a healthier environment for residents, workers and the larger community.
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