Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) - AIA 2030 DDx - Reporting Process


The AIA 2030 Design Data Exchange (DDx) introduces a new way to approach participating in the AIA 2030 Commitment!  It allows firms to not only participation and contribute data to assist raising awareness and the performance bar, but it allows firms to bring their portfolios on-line and leverage their data in new and interesting ways.

With this initial version there will be a lot of questions about the AIA 2030 DDx!  We've provided a starter set of 10 to get you going.  Also please refer to the "How To" section as well as the "FAQ: AIA 2030 Commitment", which provides an updated version of the FAQs that were included in the spreadsheet tool.

 

 

 

  1. DDx Screens:  What are the different screens?
  2. Required Project Inputs:  What are the required inputs for projects to participate in the AIA 2030 Commitment?
  3. Save:  When do I need to Save?
  4. Metrics Bar:  What does it show?
  5. Additional Inputs:  What other inputs can be associated with a project?
  6. Ready to Submit vs. Submitted:  What is the difference?
  7. Account Settings:  How can I get to my firms account settings?
  8. Difference:  How is it different from the spreadsheet tool?
  9. Building Use Types:  What is the source of the facility type list and what is it mapped to?
  10. Dataset Controls:  What are dataset controls?
     

DDx Screens:  What are the different screens?

The AIA 2030 DDx Main Screens and related sub-screens or pop-up dialog boxes associated with them are included in the table below.
 

Main Screen Sub Screen or Dialog Box Notes
PORTFOLIO   Portfolio of Projects displayed
  Export Dialog Main input screen where all of the AIA 2030 Commitment inputs are located
INPUTS   Provides an option to Define the Baseline utilizing Target Finder
  Target Finder Dialog If a project has been modeled, additional inputs can be provided to define the Emissions for the project
  Design Energy and Emissions Inputs Dialog More detail can be provided for the Building and the Envelope
  Building Envelope (Non-Res)

More detail can be provided for the HVAC systems

  Envelope (Res) More detail can be provided for the Building and the Envelope
  HVAC and Appliances (Res) More detail can be provided for the HVAC systems
REPORTS   Pre-defined interactive reports at the "Firm Level" and "Program Level"
RESEARCH   Provides the ability to filter the overall dataset for a range parameters

 

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Required Project Inputs:  What are the required inputs for projects?

The 2030 DDx provides a one stop shop for the minimum requirements to submit a project for the annual AIA 2030 Commitment reporting.  The minimum requirements are located on the Inputs >General Inputs tab.  The input fields marked with an "*" are the input fields that are required.  The appearance of the General Inputs screen will vary based on the type of project (Non-Residential, Residential or Interiors Only) you are working on.  A list of the required minimum input fields is also provided on AIA's 2030 Commitment website.

Note:  You don't have to stop at the minimum requirements, you can go further and provide inputs on the Building Envelope and HVAC screens to provide more detail to your project, which when completed will enable the creation of a DOE Asset Score model.

Save: When should I be hitting Save?

You need to hit Save to save the project inputs into your project record.  The AIA 2030 DDx will not allow you to successfully complete a "Save" until all the required minimum input fields have values.  If a required field (*) does not have a value a message "cannot be blank" will appear below the required field.  After hitting save on the General inputs screen, it is recommended that you quickly scan section 1 and 2 to confirm all required fields have values.  The AIA 2030 DDx will display a warning message if you are trying to leave the General Inputs workspace without saving, but it is a good idea to not rely on that solely.  

It is important to also note that the "Savings %" on the Metrics Bar will not be calculated until the Baseline EUI and Predicted EUI have been entered and Save has been selected.

Metrics Bar:  What does it show?

The Metrics Bar displays five cells of information, which are the same for Non-Residential and Residential projects, and differ for Interior Only projects.  For Non-Residential and Residential projects the five cells moving from left to right include:
 

  • PREDICTED EUI
  • GOAL EUI
  • BASELINE EUI
  • SAVINGS %
  • CHALLENGE - a reminder of what the Architecture 2030 Challenge Goal
     

The values displayed are determined by the project inputs in Section 2 – Establish Predicted EUI and Define Baseline.  The formatting and appearance of the values displayed in PREDICTED and SAVINGS vary based on how the project is doing, and there are three potential states:
 

SAVINGS % > Architecture 2030 Challenge %

 

 

 

 

 

SAVINGS % > Architecture 2030 Challenge %

Project is Not To Be Modeled, PREDICTED and SAVINGS determined by Design Energy Code Selection

Additional Inputs:  What other inputs can be associated with a project?

Additional detail can be added to projects in the following ways:
 

  • Design Energy and Emissions Sources - for projects that have been modeled, the option to complete this information is provided
  • Non-Residential > Building Envelope - for each use type set up for the project you can input additional information about the building form and the envelope components in terms of types and thermal characteristics.  These inputs are part of the required inputs for setting up a DOE Asset Score model, when that integration is complete.
  • Non-Residential > HVAC Systems - allows the HVAC system to be characterized with performance characteristics for the heating, cooling, ventilation and zone equipment.  These inputs are part of the required inputs for setting up a DOE Asset Score model, when that integration is complete.
  • Residential > Envelope - for each use type set up for the project you can input additional information about the building form and the envelope components in terms of types and thermal characteristics.  These inputs are part of the required inputs for setting up a DOE Home Energy Score model, when that integration is complete.
  • Residential > HVAC & Appliances  - allows the quantity and type of appliances to be identified as well as the heating, cooling and ventilation systems incorporated into the design.  These inputs are part of the required inputs for setting up a DOE Home Energy Score model, when that integration is complete.

Ready to Submit vs. Submitted:  What is the difference?

When you are entering project information into the 2030 DDx, it is not automatically considered a project that is part of the AIA 2030 Commitment.  You have to submit the project for it to be included in that dataset.  When you setup a project, start inputting information, and then select 'save', the project will be classified in the "Reporting Status" column on the Projects Table as "Ready to Submit".  

Note: a project cannot be saved until all the required input fields have values

A project only transitions to a "submitted" project, when you or one of your colleagues has selected the project and selected the > submit button for the project(s).  A project will not be included in the overall AIA 2030 Commitment dataset, which could be viewed in RESEARCH, until it has been submitted, and the project will not be included in the AIA 2030 Commitment annual metrics and report until it has been submitted.

Account Settings:  How can I get to my firms account settings?

At the top right of the workspace select your firm name.  Then select > Edit that is directly above Section 1. Firm Profile.

All three sections of Firm Profile, Office Locations and Firm Users will be active and editable.  

Note:  to complete changing the settings, you will need to hit SAVE.

If you are a user type = owner/administrator, then you can access and edit the account settings.  If you are a member or a viewer user type, you will only be able to view the information.

Difference:  How is the DDx different from the spreadsheet tool?

The spreadsheet tool laid the foundation for the AIA 2030 DDx, which provides the opportunity for a firm's portfolio project data from year to year to "live on"!  Some key areas of differences include:
 

  • Your Firm's Project Data in one place that can be utilized in different ways
  • Reporting can become part of your firm's process, rather than a once a year event
  • Multiple user types with different permissions
  • Types, such as use types, system types, and component types can be associated with projects in a number of areas
  • Firm Level Reports:  In addition to the set of reports that were available in the spreadsheet, other reports are available at the Firm Level
  • Program Level Reports:   a similar set of reports to the Firm Level Reports, but for the overall program dataset (all projects) on the larger data set are accessible to firms, and
  • Filters - the dataset can be filtered by year, office location and project type
  • Explore the AIA 2030 DDx and identify others...
     

The AIA 2030 DDx is moving in the direction of integrating with other data sets and tools, so that your firm's data can be utilized in an increasing number of ways.

Projects individually can tell an interesting story across design and construction phases!   They can join other projects to assist bringing together an even more insightful story of design energy that when compared to actual performance data can lead to interesting discoveries!  The AIA 2030 DDx is building a dynamic data set that hasn't existed before, and one that can assist unraveling the gap between design energy and actual performance.  The spreadsheet tool laid the foundation for the AIA 2030 DDx, and firms that still wish to utilize the spreadsheet tool will have an effective path to migrate their data into the AIA 2030 DDx.  The portfolio and project data can be imported from the spreadsheet tool into the AIA 2030 DDx through scripts that have been developed.  

Collectively the signatory firms can shape this story and expand this exciting new set of BIG DATA...   

Building Use Types:  What is the source of the facility type list and what is it mapped to?

The AIA 2030 DDx building use type list is basically the same list that appeared previously in the AIA 2030 Commitment spreadsheet tool, but with a few exceptions.  To enable this list to be compatible with DOE's Data EcoSystem, which includes BEDES, SEED and the Asset Score tool, it was required to have the use types mapped to that set, so that there is alignment, which will enable engaging those tools and platforms moving forward.  In addition, Target Finder has its own set of use types, and to enable the Baseline Target Finder Calculation the use type set needed to be mapped to that set of building types as well.  The AIA 2030 DDx Use Types to ENERGY STAR Target Finder Use types table, displayed on Inputs: Target Finder Use Types outlines which use types are mapped to which.

Dataset Controls:  What are dataset controls?

The filters that provide control for how the firm's portfolio dataset can be packaged in different ways.  Some of the ways that dataset controls are incorporated into the 2030 DDx include:
 

  • Portfolio screen (Dataset > Which Year(s)):  single, multiple or all years of project data that is available for the firm can be selected, which influences the project set that is displayed in the project table
  • Inputs (Dataset > Which Year(s)):  the current selection is displayed and can be edited, although it will not influence the current project you are working on.
  • Reports:  The dataset controls filter set is expanded to include Office Location (which firm's office is the project associated with) and Project Included (do you want in-progress projects displayed as well) filters.