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GRESB data quality: Progress through platforms

GRESB data quality: Progress through platforms

The GRESB Data Quality Assessment is paving the path to digital facilities management for the CRE industry. Switch Automation VP Patti Mason weighs in.

The GRESB Data Quality Assessment is paving the path to digital facilities management for the CRE industry. After launching more than 10 years ago with the goal of providing quality Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) data about real estate investments to the capital markets, GRESB is now focused on leveraging technology to elevate the quality of non-financial real estate data.

As the newly minted VP of Operations at Switch Automation, I had the pleasure of visiting New York City to join GRESB’s Data Quality Technical Working Group. Switch is a Premier GRESB Partner, which means that our Engineering and Leadership teams are working with GRESB’s technical committee to establish a data quality standard for the industry.

Evolving an industry

GRESB is drawing on data quality best practices across industries to apply a new standard to how GRESB reports ESG data. This new standard seeks to reduce reporting and validation costs, while improving the reliability and effectiveness of industry data collection systems. The goals of the GRESB Data Quality Assessment are to improve transparency and engagement for investors and to provide valuable insight into the efficacy of participants’ sustainability programs.

The GRESB Data Quality Technical Working Group, a cohort of 30+ industry experts and GRESB partners with varied subject matter expertise, is an integral part of the Assessment’s evolution process. With oversight from the GRESB benchmark Committees and Advisory boards, this team will define data quality rules and inform the content, structure and evolution of the Data Quality Standard. No easy task, given the many challenges real estate teams face when operating large portfolios.

Consistency is key

The Standard will need to considerseveral factors. Every building is unique and equipment is often proprietary,varying by site. Multiple contractors spanning many disciplines add to abuilding’s intricate operations. A variety of architectures including cloud, onpremise and vendor-hosted, often silo data into sometimes unreachable places.Diverse communications and protocols, like BACnet, Lon and Modbus meandifferent languages for data interpreters.

Inconsistent naming and tagging standards add further complexity to the pool of raw data. If all that weren’t enough to tackle, there’s the onslaught of cybersecurity threats and plethora of IoT sensors and platforms designed to gather building intelligence. Our industry is rapidly evolving and the traditional facilities workforce isn’t equipped with the IT expertise needed to ensure data quality and actualize its valuable insights in this digital world. How can we advance while optimizing our assets for the highest performance?

Activating digital facilities management

Digital facilities managementis the way of the future, but the journey requires thoughtful investment oftime, money and human capital. To better leverage our precious human resources,we’ll need to shift away from spreadsheets and data wrangling, instead leaningin to technological solutions. By automating tedious manual data capture andusing existing standards like Brick and Haystack to translate our mountains ofinformation, we can make more timely, cost-effective decisions about how tomanage our buildings.

Does this mean humans are out? Quite the contrary. I believe we’re simply “recalibrating” to quote Jim Young, founder of one of the industry’s leading conferences, Realcomm. By embracing technology to turn challenges into opportunities, we’re reimagining our industry while creating desirable careers for today’s emerging workforce.

As we begin the journey frommanual data aggregation, analysis and reporting toward tech-enabled dataplatforms and processes, what should we look for? Listening to some of theexperts in the room this week, an ideal solution should:

  • Scale to accommodate portfolio changes and technology advancements 
  • Provide a variety of data ingestion methods, i.e. SFTP, CSV, API 
  • Support industry-recognized standards like Brick Schema, Haystack and ASHRAE 
  • Auto-validate incoming data 
  • Normalize data to drive actionable insights 
  • Go beyond energy efficiency to drive timely, informed business decisions 
  • Enable collaboration between end users, site technicians and 3rd party vendors 

The Standard for success

Every CRE owner and operator is challenged by the Broken Buildings Hierarchy of Needs. According to Switch CEO, Deb Noller, “In the quest to achieve data quality, sustainability and cost savings, it’s important to align, not compete, with global initiatives like the GRESB Data Quality Standard.” Remember that while surface-level data from bills and meters show us symptoms of poor performance, impactful action requires deeper knowledge of the root cause. To reach that root cause, we need timely, accurate equipment performance data. I’m optimistic that the GRESB Data Quality Assessment will be an invaluable tool on the journey to bring people and planet to the center of building operations.

Talk to a smart building expert to learn more about how Switch helps portfolio managers reach their sustainability goals.

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March 13, 2022
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