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Author: Home Performance Coalition
Publication Date: 2017

Home performance extensible markup language (HPXML) is a national Building Performance Institute Data Dictionary and Standard Transfer Protocol created to reduce transactional costs associated with exchanging information between market actors. This website provides resources to help stakeholders implement HPXML and stay updated on its development.

Author: U.S. Department of Energy
Publication Date: 2016

The Building Energy Data Exchange Specification (BEDES, pronounced "beads" or /bi:ds/) is designed to support analysis of the measured energy performance of commercial, multifamily, and residential buildings, by providing a common data format, definitions, and an exchange protocol for building characteristics, efficiency measures, and energy use.

Author: Torsten Glidden, Build It Green
Publication Date: 2016

This presentation discusses how Energy Upgrade California streamlined its program through improvements in its HPXML and IT software.

Publication Date: 2015

Home Performance with ENERGY STAR’s new HPXML Implementation Guide helps energy efficiency program administrators and software developers overcome fragmented data exchange by integrating HPXML (home performance extensible markup language) into their operations and products. HPXML is a set of common definitions for the attributes of home systems based on Building Performance Institute data standards and the computing language that facilitates the quick and easy transfer of home-related data between different markets.

Author: U.S. Department of Energy
Publication Date: 2015

This is a recording of a webinar from August 2015. Home Performance with ENERGY STAR hosted a panel on HPXML; the value it can bring to businesses and implementation methods. Interested organizations can use this resource to learn more about HPXML and its potential benefits.

Author: Dale Hoffmeyer, U.S. Department of Energy; Gavin Hastings, Tierra Resource Consultants; Julie Caracino, NYSERDA; Cynthia Adam, Pearl National Certification; Greg Thomas, Performance Systems Development
Publication Date: 2015

Home Performance (HP) XML is transforming the way home energy upgrade programs collect and transfer information from one software system to another, leading to improved contractor satisfaction, lower administrative costs, and technological advancements in the home performance industry. This presentation provides an overview of HPXML and its benefits, and discuss how the data standard is facilitating technological and process improvements among home energy upgrade programs and software developers in the United States.

Develop contractor engagement, quality assurance, and workforce development plans that include strategies, workflow, timelines, and staff and partner roles and responsibilities.

Solidify your program strategy and decide which customers you will focus on; what products, services, and support you will provide; and how you will partner with contractors and others to deliver services to your customers.

Support and partner with the workforce who will deliver your program’s energy efficiency services by understanding their capacity, recruiting contractor partners, enabling technical training and business development support, fostering clear communication, and refining program processes over time, in partnership with your workforce.

Author: Gavin Hastings, Arizona Public Service
Publication Date: 2014

This presentation describes how APS' decision to switch to flexible requirements for energy assessment and modeling software and data transfer using HPXML standards reduced administrative time and improved contractor satisfaction.

Identify the right questions to ask, appropriate metrics to collect, and the processes needed to initiate third-party impact and process evaluations.

Identify and implement systems and tools that will support data collection and data quality necessary for effective evaluation.

Design a residential energy efficiency program that integrates marketing and outreach, contractor coordination, incentives, financing, and program evaluation to provide customers with the products and services they want through a customer-centric process.

Develop evidence-based insights into your program’s performance through third-party process and impact evaluations. Learn how to develop effective data collection strategies and timely evaluations to identify important program achievements as well as opportunities for making program improvements.

Establish an evaluation plan that will allow you to determine how your financing activities are impacting the market.

Ensure that your program’s customers will have access to affordable financing, so they can pay for the services you offer.

Successful residential energy efficiency programs use data collection, transfer, and storage systems to effectively implement activities and track program metrics. While systems based on simple spreadsheets can be easy to develop, such systems may not be suitable as program scale increases. Programs across the country have found immense value from investing the time and resources required to create an information technology (IT) system to regularly monitor progress and automate time-intensive...