The Alliance Center in Denver will begin using the LEED Dynamic Plaque, a revolutionary building performance monitoring and scoring platform from the U.S. Green Building Council that helps change human behavior through dynamic data. It will be one of the first buildings in Colorado to utilize this technology.
The LEED Dynamic Plaque empowers landlords, tenants and guests to view energy, water, waste, transportation and human experience on an ongoing basis through electronic display screens located in buildings.
In collaboration with USGBC, data from The Alliance Center will upload to an online system that generates an up-to-the minute LEED performance score. The score will enable building users to see how their actions affect the surrounding environment.
“The Alliance for Sustainable Colorado is leading the charge to implement and teach others about best sustainability practices,” said Anna Zawisza, executive director of the Alliance for Sustainable Colorado, which owns and operates The Alliance Center. “The LEED Dynamic Plaque will give us timely data and our building occupants information to change behaviors surrounding resource usage.”
The LEED Dynamic Plaque scores energy use, water use, waste diversion, transportation choices and human experience with a maximum score of 100.
“The LEED Dynamic Plaque is the future of building performance, and The Alliance Center is in on the ground floor of this technology. They’re spurring meaningful change for their peers and the industry as a whole,” said Scot Horst, chief product officer, USGBC. “We are excited to see how the LEED Dynamic Plaque enables The Alliance Center to monitor, benchmark and improve their performance.”
“Buildings account for close to 50% of our energy usage and contribute as much to greenhouse gas emissions,” Zawisza explained. “If we can make our built environment more efficient, we reduce both consumption and emissions. The LEED Dynamic Plaque will help us identify areas for improvement, which in turn will reduce our building’s pollution and make our community healthier.”
Buildings in other areas of the country are seeing significant results. For example, after using the LEED Dynamic Plaque for one year, USGBC experienced a decrease in energy consumption by 30%, resulting in approximately $40,000 savings.
“We are hopeful that this technology will educate our tenants and guests about their energy usage, reduce our building’s carbon footprint and save money,” Zawisza said.
The LEED Dynamic Plaque system is expected to go live in early 2015.