Open Data & green buildings

July 1, 2009

Inspired by last Friday’s green bills hearing, Bomee’s posted a guest column on the Sallan Foundation website about Open Data and green building: Transparency & Innovation: Open Data For Green Buildings I’m not old enough to have enjoyed the first hey-day of energy-efficiency and alternative power back in the 70’s and 80’s, but I do love chocolate and have a vivid recollection of the classic Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups commercials from those days. There were several variations, but basically, a person holding a chocolate bar runs into a person holding a open jar of peanut butter, causing the chocolate bar to drop into the peanut butter. They exclaim in dismay: — “You got peanut butter in my chocolate!” — “You got chocolate in my peanut butter!” But, as the slogan goes, they discover that “two great tastes that taste great together”, and candy lovers everywhere rejoice in the finding. Not unlike the chocolate-peanut butter collision, two transformative movements of our time are poised to slam together into a concoction no less delightful than the Peanut Butter Cup (particularly to green enthusiasts of geekly tendencies): the Open Data movement and high-performance green building. Read on at the Sallan Foundation website.