Maalka is helping cities and organizations all across the country succeed in their sustainability initiatives. Through collaboration with these partners, Maalka is continuously integrating new tools into our open platform to help teams effectively manage data, interact with building owners and program stakeholders, and track progress toward their sustainability goals.
THE CALIFORNIA CLEAN ENERGY JOBS ACT (PROP 39)
In 2012, the State of California agreed to provide and annual budget of $500m for funding clean energy projects and improving energy efficiency across more than 3,300 schools in California. Proposition 39 (Prop39) is the most comprehensive state-level energy efficiency initiative to date, in which local school districts can leverage funding for a range of improvement measures, including: retrofitting, conducting building energy audits, and
See More training facilities personnel in sustainability management. In addition to funding improvement strategies across the state.
Over the past year, Maalka has been providing the California Energy Commission (CEC), which is responsible for managing Prop39, with advice about how open-source technologies enable highly efficient management of large-scale sustainability programs. When the data from Prop39 was prepared for public consumption, Maalka wanted to demonstrate our ability to rapidly ingest, merge, analyze, and visualize it all. By coordinating with the CEC, Maalka obtained data related to program financing, school buildings and their energy-use, contact information, and other sources. The data was collected asynchronously over several years and stored in various formats and files. In a matter of days, Maalka developed a rich application on its open platform that structured and merged more than 120gb of program data – enabling visual and analytical insights across more than 350 million data points.
COMMUNITY BUILDING RENEWAL PROGRAM
The Community Building Renewal Program (CBR) is a pilot program based in the city of Boise, Idaho and funded by the U.S Department of Energy and the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA).The purpose of this program is to help cities track and manage the performance of their building portfolios and use these metrics to improve building performance and set up future energy reduction policies. Maalka is a member of the CBR project team,
See More and has helped to develop the diagnostic tools currently being used by program participants to manage their buildings’ performance. Maalka is also working with CBR to create a MailChimp integration into the Maalka platform which will allow cities to easily communicate and share energy data with building owners.
COMMERCIAL BUILDINGS INITIATIVE
Since its launch in 2012, the Retrofit Chicago
Energy Challenge has encouraged, supported, and celebrated energy performance improvement in large buildings across Chicago. Upon joining the program, participants commit to reduce their buildings’ energy use by 20% within five years, share progress through ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager, and serve as
See More ambassadors to other buildings working to reduce energy use and operating costs. The Energy Challenge is a key component of the City of Chicago’s commitment to the US Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Challenge.
Currently, Chicago’s Energy Challenge includes 62 building participants spanning more than 43 million square feet. To-date, participants have collectively reduced energy use by 11.7%, which represents $6.4MM in annual energy savings and avoided GHG emissions equivalent to removing more than 14,000 cars from the road.
Maalka supports Retrofit Chicago by helping program administrators and building participants to track individual and aggregate progress toward the 20% reduction goal and to share the impact of this important initiative.”
2030 ZERO TOOL
Maalka and Architecture 2030 have developed the Zero Energy Rating and Target Tool (ZERO Tool) for policy makers, building designers, developers, owners, and managers to estimate energy use intensity (EUI) baselines and set reduction targets towards achieving 2030 Challenge goals. The ZERO Tool can also be used to generate a normalized building See More rating, allowing for apples-to-apples building performance comparisons. Since the ZERO Tool references the same CBECS 2003 dataset used by the 2030 Challenge baselines and targets, it helps the building industry continue to measure progress towards meeting those goals.