Building Energy Software Tools
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Building Performance Database (BPD)

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The Building Performance Database (BPD) is the nation's largest dataset of information about the energy-related characteristics of commercial and residential buildings. The BPD combines, cleanses and anonymizes data collected by Federal, State and local governments, utilities, energy efficiency programs, building owners and private companies, and makes it available to the public.

The web site allows users to explore the data across real estate sectors and regions, and compare various physical and operational characteristics to gain a better understanding of market conditions and trends in energy performance.

Using the Application Programming Interface (API), users can query the same analytical tools available through the web interface. The API enables the sharing of content and data between applications, meaning that third party web or mobile applications can be dynamically updated with BPD data.

Expertise Required: 

No expertise required, but knowledge of building characteristics is helpful.

Audience: 

Building owners, facility managers, energy utilities, engineers, policy analysts.

Input: 

Users select buildings records of interest by specifying building type, location, floor area, vintage, operational characteristics and building systems.

Output: 

Building data is presented in histograms, scatter plots, and tables, allowing for exploration of trends within a group of buildings. The tool also provides histograms and scatter plots for side-by-side comparison of different groups of buildings.

Strengths: 

The BPD has several strengths:
The database contains over 870,000 records from over 50 public and private contributors.
The database contains empirical data (not estimated or imputed) on the actual energy performance of real buildings.
Rigorous manual and automatic checks are performed to ensure data quality.
New data is being added on a regular basis, so the utility of the BPD will continue to increase.
Both the web interface and the API are free to use.

Country: 
United States
Major Capabilities: 
Energy Conservation Measures
Building Energy Auditing
Building Energy Benchmarking
Language: 
English
Platform: 
Linux
Windows
Mac OS X
Web/Saas
Pricing: 
Free
Help and Support: 
Free Email Support
Last Software Update: 
05 November 2015
Last Entry Update: 
06 November 2015
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