Fellowship A: Performance-based Green Building Research
Project: Collaborative research, develop, and evaluate new approaches to measuring and scoring the operational performance of green buildings.
Summary: USGBC is committed to performance as the foundation for the future of the green building industry. This is reflected in LEED version 4.1 O+M -- the first performance-based, holistic green building rating system. LEED version 4.1 is powered by the Arc platform. This is a technology system that collects, manages, and scoring operational performance data related to energy, water, waste, transportation, and human experience. For this project, the Fellow will work closely with the LEED and Arc teams to develop and evaluate new approaches to scoring spaces, buildings, and places around the world. The work is anticipated rely on Excel and R to conduct descriptive statistics, regression, clustering, and multivariate exploratory data analysis. Depending on interests and capabilities of the Fellow, the data may also provide opportunities for applications of machine learning. The Fellow will have the opportunity to work with a variety of industry leaders and to contribute to infographics, whitepapers, and social media (e.g., blogs). Work products may be shared as open source software.
Relevant backgrounds: Engineering, energy, environmental science, computer science, design, scientific visualization
General Eligibility Requirements: Appropriate backgrounds/fields of study: Engineering, energy, public policy/government, computer science, mathematics, product design, real estate, finance, business, management, building science, technical communication.
Fellowship B: Climate Risk & Resilience
Project: Collaborative research on results from the 2019 GRESB Resilience Module – a global assessment of property and infrastructure companies
Summary: Climate change creates risks and opportunities for property and infrastructure companies around the world. As long-term, illiquid investments, property and infrastructure are exposed to both transition risk and social and physical impacts of climate change. In 2018, GRESB – part of the USGBC and GBCI family of organizations – launched a new Resilience Module to improve reporting these important issues. The Module provides a framework for companies and funds to disclosure and score on their work to address transition and physical climate risk. In 2019, GRESB released a revised and updated Resilience Module, featuring greater alignment with influential recommendations from the Financial Stability Board’s Taskforce for Climate-related Financial Disclosure. The Fellow will work with USGBC and GRESB staff to analyze data from the revised module and prepare results for presentation in September 2020. The analysis is anticipated rely on Excel and R to conduct descriptive statistics, regression, clustering, and multivariate exploratory data analysis. Depending on interests and capabilities of the Fellow, the data may also provide opportunities for applications of machine learning. The Fellow will have the opportunity to work with a variety of industry leaders and to contribute to infographics, whitepapers, and social media (e.g., blogs).
Relevant backgrounds: Engineering, computer science, statistics, finance
Fellowship C: Benchmarking State Building Portfolios
Project: Implement benchmarking of public buildings in collaboration with one or more states, applying the Arc platform to selected state buildings and analyzing outcomes with parameters such as water, energy, GHG, waste, and transportation
Summary: States are increasingly adopting climate commitments and will need to address the buildings sector to meet these targets. A number of states have some form of energy efficiency or high-performing building requirements for state buildings, but most have not tracked outcomes. In this project, the Fellow will work closely with USGBC’s Advocacy and Policy team and the Arc team, as well as one or more state energy offices. The Fellow will work with the participating states to activate LEED certified buildings in Arc, and to upload key data including energy consumption, water consumption, and indoor air quality, among others. The Fellow, supported by the teams, will help troubleshoot issues relating to data gaps and interfacing between state energy offices and building facilities managers. Once the projects and needed data are in the Arc system, the Fellow will analyze results through graphs, statistics, comparison across building types, age, certification history, and other factors. The Fellow will prepare a summary white paper and a slide deck, and will present results to the participating states.
Depending on interests and capabilities, the Fellow may participate in one or more webinars. The Fellow will have the opportunity to publish at least one article or blog. The Fellow may be asked to travel to one or more states during the project.
Relevant backgrounds: Engineering, environmental science, computer science