Rhiza Labs Awarded Federal Contract to Build Web Tool for Evaluating Green Building Materials

Data Integration & Visualization Experts, Rhiza Labs, Selected by the Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to Develop Website for Evaluating Energy Efficient Products for Commercial Building Operators

PITTSBURGH – Rhiza Labs, which makes software for collecting and visualizing data, announced today that it was awarded a $498,000 Federal Subcontract from the Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to develop energy conservation tools for commercial building operators. The tools will include a website with a comprehensive database for evaluating energy efficient building materials and fixtures. The website will include performance metrics, along with detailed laboratory and field test plans that building operators can use to independently evaluate new technologies and products that aim to increase the energy efficiency of commercial buildings. Then website, along with building energy simulation tools, will be available to the general public in 2011.

Josh Knauer, CEO of Rhiza Labs, said “We are honored to be chosen to lead the development of this important initiative that could translate into millions of dollars of long-term savings for commercial building operators across the country.”

He continued: “While renewable technologies often cost more to install up-front, they usually pay for themselves over the years in the savings gained from lower energy costs. These tools will help consumers verify a product’s energy rating through independent third party testing, share the results with the public and build detailed building energy simulations based on the results. This makes it much easier and faster for building operators to decide what mix of new and conventional technologies will yield them the best return on their energy conservation investment.”

Rhiza Labs was selected for its expertise in building tools that integrate high volumes of diverse data and make it available for analysis and decision-making through easy to use web tools. As data usability experts, Rhiza Labs has helped numerous government agencies, foundations and corporations increase their bottom line by giving them the tools they need to make better decisions under tight deadlines.

Rhiza Labs is a Pittsburgh-based software company that builds web-based tools that help organizations collect, analyze, visualize and share data. Rhiza’s clients includes leading corporations, government agencies and non-profit organizations throughout the world. Corporate website: http://www.rhiza.imagebox.com or follow Rhiza Labs on Twitter: @rhiza

NREL is the U.S. Department of Energy’s primary national laboratory for renewable energy and energy efficiency research and development. NREL is operated for DOE by the Alliance for Sustainable Energy, LLC. Agency website: http://www.nrel.gov