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BTO's Building Energy Data sub-program supports the creation of standards and open-source management tools that increase the availabilty and value of building energy data.
BTO's Building Energy Data sub-program supports the creation of standards and open-source management tools that increase the availabilty and value of building energy data.
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“If you can’t measure it, you can’t improve it.” Lord Kelvin’s famous truism certainly applies to building energy use. But whereas it has been possible to measure building energy use at the meter since nearly the start of centralized energy generation and distribution, that alone has not been sufficient to drive reductions. To drive action, energy use must be correlated with assets and activities in the buildings and all of this information must be available in the right form to the right people at the right times.

Today, data related to buildings and their energy use is increasingly available. The challenge has shifted from measurement to management—curation, organization, and analysis, along with privacy. To address this challenge, BTO’s Building Energy Data (BED) sub-program supports two sets of activities, categorized broadly as standards and management and analysis tools.

Standard dictionaries (ways of naming data) and schema (ways of organizing related data items and denoting their relationships) promote inter-operability (the reuse of data across tools), reduce effort and error associated with transporting and translating data, and increase the value of data.

Open-source tools that provide basic functionality for managing data that complies with standard dictionaries and schema increase the availability of data, supporting new applications and services and increasing demand for that data, creating a virtuous cycle.

Data Standards

Building Energy Data Exchange Specification (BEDES)
BEDES is a dictionary of terms, definitions, and formats for building energy data. It promotes interoperability among building energy applications.
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BuildingSync
BuildingSync is a BEDES-compliant that supports building energy audits.
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UBID
UBID is a geospatial method for assigning easily constructible unique identifiers to buildings. UBID helps unambiguously identify building records.
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Data Tools

SEED Platform
SEED is an open-source database for organizing, querying, and sharing building energy data. It supports disclosure laws and other use cases.
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Building Performance Database
The BPD is the largest publically available database of building energy data, with over one million records.
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Staff

Harry Bergmann
Fellow, Building Technologies Office

Publications and Presentations

UBID
UBID is a geospatial method for assigning easily constructible unique identifiers to buildings. UBID helps unambiguously identify building records.
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