No expertise required, but knowledge of building characteristics is helpful.
Building owners, facility managers, energy utilities, engineers, policy analysts.
Users select buildings records of interest by specifying building type, location, floor area, vintage, operational characteristics and building systems.
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.
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.