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Lucid wins grant to expand Benchmark work with Lawrence Berkeley Labs

November 1, 2017

By Ralf VonSosen

Lucid has once again won a grant from the United States Department of Energy (DOE) to continue its cutting-edge sustainability research and development partnership with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. That partnership created the groundbreaking tool, Benchmark My Building. The tool gathers energy usage statistics from the DOE and EnergyStar to give the public an opportunity to see where their buildings rank in energy efficiency compared to similar structures across the country.

Benchmark My Building has been in operation since the Spring of 2017 and has analyzed thousands of buildings, giving the public the actionable data they need to implement sustainability initiatives. With this new grant from the DOE, we are excited to continue our efforts with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory to help building operators improve performance of their building portfolios.

The projects selected for the receipt of these grants are ones the DOE believes will most effectively drive innovation in building energy efficiency. The grants are awarded by the Technology Commercialization Fund (TCF), an office within the DOE dedicated solely to bringing the latest and greatest energy savings technology to the commercial market as quickly as possible. $19.7 million was available in this second round of grants, and that money will support 54 projects across 12 National Laboratories, with more than 30 private-sector companies working along the DOE on those projects.

Lucid and Lawrence Berkeley will work together on the National Labs’ federally-approved project, “Advancing the Commercial Building Energy Saver to Provide Actionable Insights into Building Retrofits and to Enable Broad-Based Commercialization.”

The Commercial Building Energy Saver (CBES) project currently provides quickly-accessible, actionable recommendations that small-to-medium sized commercial building managers can use to implement energy-efficient retrofits. Lucid and Lawrence Berkeley will work together to improve the CBES project.

Specifically, this partnership will expand the CBES to include retrofit recommendations for large-sized commercial buildings. The end goal will be to commercialize these actionable retrofit recommendations on a large scale, using data from Lucid’s vast BuildingOS platform, paired with the efficiency of the CBES engine.

Check out BenchmarkMyBuilding.com to see how this tool compares the energy efficiency of similar buildings all across the country.

Ralf VonSosen

As Lucid’s VP of Marketing, Ralf VonSosen leads product marketing, demand generation, branding, and communication activities. With almost 20 years in the technology space, Ralf brings leadership experience from small startups, as well as large companies such as SAP and LinkedIn. He was instrumental in establishing the energy/utilities vertical at Siebel/Oracle CRM, and most recently was a founding member of LinkedIn’s sales solutions business unit. Ralf holds a B.S. in Finance from Brigham Young University, and a MBA from the University of Utah.