The process of collecting information from building energy simulations and inputting data into LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) forms can be tedious and time consuming. Technology is advancing to enable construction teams to more easily submit information for LEED consideration.

COMNET, www.comnet.org, Vancouver, Wash., and the USGBC (U.S. Green Building Council), www.usgbc.org, Washington, D.C., recently announced a new partnership, which the organizations call LEED Automation.

The partnership will enable construction teams to easily sync data and information from energy-modeling simulation software with LEED Online—the platform that manages the LEED green building certification process.

The COMNET Web Portal performs quality assurance checks and automates the submission of energy-modeling data for LEED projects. Through an automated path, the portal transmits outputs from building energy modeling simulations to LEED Online.

The initial release offers two data paths for submission through the portal: SIM file parsing for legacy outputs and COMNET XML Standard for other simulation tools. In future releases, the portal will support automated submissions to other regulating authorities in addition to the USGBC.

This partnership will make it easier to transfer data from the energy-modeling simulation tools to LEED Online. Scot Horst, senior vice president of LEED, U.S. Green Building Council, says “LEED Automation will bring green building up to speed with the world of information by merging sophisticated technology partners with LEED’s ability to improve buildings and transform people.”

According to the organizations, COMNET will be accepted as a credible and reliable process for evaluating building energy performance, as required for code compliance, green building ratings, asset ratings, predictions for energy consumption, and operations of commercial and high-rise multifamily buildings.

This is big news for the world of green building. The COMNET Web Portal will make it easier to transfer data from energy-simulation software to LEED Online. For the construction industry, this will reduce the amount of time it takes to input data into LEED forms. It will be interesting to watch as COMNET continues to automate similar process for other regulating authorities in the future.