Proposal to Build a Home Energy Score API Wins First Prize in First Contest of DOE's American Energy Data Challenge

December 2013

A proposal to build a Home Energy Score API (Application Program Interface) has won the first prize in the Department of Energy’s first Energy Data Challenge. The proposal’s goal is to integrate Home Energy Scores, developed by researchers in Berkeley Lab’s Environmental Energy Technologies Division, into home sales and rental listings. This could make it easier for families to factor energy efficiency/costs into their decision about which home to choose.

The Department of Energy’s American Energy Data Challenge is a four-part, year-long effort to introduce the public to DOE data and resources.

The Home Energy Score allows homeowners to compare the energy performance of their homes to other homes nationwide. It also provides homeowners with suggestions for improving their homes' efficiency.