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The RESET® Standard

The RESET Standard is a data quality standard explicitly designed for continuous monitoring sensors in the built environment. The Standard outlines the requirements necessary for the deployment of monitors, collection of monitor data and reporting of results. The RESET Standard aspires to elevate the role of continuous monitoring, increasing its use and credibility on a global scale. Our goal is to enlighten our current understanding of how our buildings operate in order to create a healthier and more sustainable future.

1. How RESET Works

The RESET Standard is data-driven and performance-based. RESET requires long-term continuous monitoring data to be streamed to the cloud using qualified, multi-parameter devices. Standardization of data leads to improved comprehension so that we can better operate and maintain our built environments.

Standardized Methodology

RESET codifies how to install hardware and software in order to properly aggregate, report, and communicate data as collected from the built environment. When data has integrity, it can be utilized for comparative purposes such as benchmarking and goal setting. Only data derived from curated, standardized methodologies have the ability to be used for deep analytics on a global stage.

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Operational Monitoring

The RESET Standard is results driven and performance based, so reliable connectivity to continuous monitors is integral to the program. Monitoring throughout the operational lifetime of a building encourages consistent, long term maintenance for both system and structure. Further, teams are incentivized to work together in a collaborative way.

Browse the list of RESET Accredited Monitors or Data Providers.

Non-Prescriptive Solutions

Buildings are uniquely designed, constructed, operated, and maintained across the world. RESET understands this and takes a non-prescriptive approach that allows project teams to explore solutions most suited to their scenario. A non-prescriptive standard means that RESET outlines monitoring methods and performance targets, but allows teams to apply their own design expertise to their projects.

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Continuous monitoring allows projects to better understand how the building performs over time instead of relying on the on-paper specifications and metrics. On-paper metrics and operational metrics are not equivalent since performance can change over time due to prolonged use and maintenance protocols.

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2. Standards

Because the RESET Standard is modularized, project teams can implement individual modules over time. Dividing the Standard into modules allows teams the opportunity to pursue criteria that are most critical to them according to individual priorities. Projects need not accomplish all modules in order to certify.

Embodied Standards

Embodied Standards and data encapsulates data associated with the construction processes throughout the lifecycle of a built environment.

1. RESET Embodied

Data transparency and accountability for materials used in your spaces and buildings.


Learn more about the RESET Embodied Standard (previously known as the RESET Materials Standard).

Operational Standards

Operational data encapsulates data associated with the continuous operations of a built environment.

3. RESET Water

Generate awareness around water conservation and improve water use efficiency and water quality.

Learn more about the RESET Water Standard.

4. RESET Energy

Bring to the forefront the carbon operating costs of the built environment and leverage faster feedback loops to improve.

Learn more about the RESET Energy Standard.

5. RESET Waste

Automatically track and understand the lifecycle input and output of waste; where and how much it is generated and consumed.

Learn more about the RESET Waste Standard (previously known as the RESET Circularity Standard).

3. What is a Data Standard?

A data standard for built environments define the data structure and the rules and requirements around data quality. Unlike design standards that define solution requirements, data standards focus on the fundamentals of monitoring and data collection.

The RESET Standard is a data standard that creates a structure for data quality, continuous monitoring, and benchmarking, harnessing the power of technology to derive results pertaining to how buildings and interior spaces are performing with a focus on their operational phase.

Performance Driven

The RESET Standard is performance and results driven. To apply the RESET Standard, building or spaces need to be continuously monitored long term to guarantee operational and maintenance quality during occupancy.


The RESET Standard requires the communication of data to occupants and tenants. All systems must be connected and automated to transfer data from the monitoring sensors to the data provider platforms.

Data Quality

The RESET Standard establishes requirements for data quality by specifying requirements for deployment, hardware, software, and long term maintenance. Data quality ensures better analytics and optimizations.

Learn more about RESET Accredited Monitors and RESET Accredited Data Providers.

4. Difference from Other Building Standards

RESET is a data standard, not a design standard.

As a data standard, the focus is on collecting data and data quality. RESET does not require nor offer specific solutions because each indoor space and/or building is different and will require different solutions depending on the situation reflected in the data.

RESET is first and foremost a standard for data quality and the goal is to collect data that is trusted, actionable, and relevant.

Therefore, all of RESET's requirements involve specifications and requirements around data collection, including:

Monitor Specifications and Deployment Requirements

RESET addresses data quality at the source and specifies requirements for the monitors and the number deployed in a project.

Installation Requirements

RESET makes sure the data is trusted and relevant by requiring monitors to be installed in the right way.

Data Reporting and Platform Requirements

RESET sets requirements for how the data is reported and connected to guarantee transparency and access via analysis and reporting.

5. Project Typologies

The RESET Standard can be applied to Commercial Interiors and Core & Shell project typologies.

Commercial Interiors

The Commercial Interiors (CI) project typology targets the interior spaces and fit-outs of built environments. These are the interior spaces that occupants dwell in, including offices, shopping malls, restaurants, hotel rooms, etc.

The RESET Standard for CI helps project teams track building performance so that data can be communicated clearly to building occupants. Building data presented transparently can help attract and retain talented staff and contribute to increased occupancy rates.

Core & Shell

The Core & Shell (CS) project typology targets the base building's structure and systems, such as the central HVAC systems, water pumps and cooling tanks, and elevators.

The RESET Standard for CS helps entire buildings track the performance of their air handling systems (HVAC) and ensures that the data can be clearly communicated to current and prospective tenants. Data from CS projects can help owners attract tenants, maintain asset value and potentially reduce liabilities associated with an under-performing building.

6. Project Statuses and Accreditation

Projects that leverage the RESET Standard can be accredited or certified by RESET per module.

Click here to learn about project statuses and accreditation.

1. RESET Entry

RESET Entry for Indoor Air Quality is a short-term monitoring certificate awarded to projects based on one month of continuous monitoring. A RESET Entry Project has access to the RESET Cloud for analytics.

2. RESET Connected

RESET Connected is awarded to projects that want to explore the RESET Standard but are not yet ready to pursue certification. RESET Connected projects have installed at least one accredited monitor according to RESET Standard and are ready to utilize the RESET Cloud for data analytics. A RESET Connected Project has access to the RESET Cloud for analytics and benchmarking.

3. RESET Pre-Accredited

RESET Pre-Accredited is awarded to projects that have passed the documentation audit according to the RESET Standard. A project can submit and be approved for this status irrespective of whether or not construction has commenced.

4. RESET Accredited

RESET Accredited is awarded to projects that have deployed monitors according to the RESET Standard and have passed the documentation and site audits as applicable, but have not yet passed the performance criteria as outlined in the respective Standard Module. A RESET Accredited Project has access to the RESET Cloud for analytics and benchmarking.

5. RESET Certified

RESET Certified is awarded to RESET Accredited Projects once they have passed all performance requirements of the respective RESET Standard. RESET Certified is performance-based and on-going, requiring that a building's facilities and operations team engage in efforts with the owner and tenants to maintain the coveted RESET Certified status in perpetuity.

Click here to learn about accreditation for the RESET Air Standard.

7. Standard Development and Updates

The RESET Standard is developed and updated by iterating through the inputs and feedback from real-world projects via pilots.

The process can be broken down into the following 4 stages:

Stage 1: Initial Identification

The first stage consists of identifying the new idea the applying it to a real project to see if it is feasible. The methodology also needs to be verified to make sense, with feedback from mulltiple parites during the pilot.

  1. Research Initiative Identification: As identified by GIGA, suggested by RESET APs, and/or project owners.
  2. Pilot Project Identification: Real-world project(s) from one or several project owner seeking to solve the problem identified above.
  3. Internal Review: Review of methodology and results by project stakeholders, including GIGA’s research team, RESET APs, project owners, suppliers, and other experts as required.
  4. Publication of Draft Standard Update: A draft of the standard update is written and published for a wider audience to explore.

Stage 2: Pilot Expansion and Internal Review

The second stage consists of expanding the scope of pilots and reviewing the existing pilots as we iterate through the details of the standard update.

  1. Expanded pilot projects.
  2. Expanded Internal Review: Review of methodology and results by project stakeholders, including GIGA's research team, RESET APs, project owners, suppliers, and other experts as required.
  3. Review and update of the draft standard update with versioning.

Stage 3: External Review and Beta

The third stage consists of establishing a working group to help provide feedback. Most working group members will have access to real-world projects that they can pilot the update so the feedback is practical and relevant.

  1. Working group composed of external experts focused on the ongoing review and improvement of the standard.
  2. Publication of the Standard Update (beta).

Stage 4: Official Standard Update

The fourth stage is when we get to the official standard update. The standard document is cleaned up, the website is updated, and the changelog and versions of all the iterations will be available upon request.

  1. Publication of the Official Standard Update.

A list of pilots can be found at RESET Initiatives. For participation in these pilots, please reach out to us at info[at]reset.build.