Contribute data about your buildings to the Buildings Performance Database
The Buildings Performance Database (BPD) is the largest free, publicly available database of residential and commercial building energy performance information in the country. It allows users to:
- Access information about real buildings— location, age, size, function, electricity consumption, fuel consumption, equipment information and operational characteristics.
- Discover opportunities for improvement by examining groups of similar buildings.
- Forecast project performance and risk using statistical analysis.
The value and success of the BPD is only as good as the data and people powering it. The BPD is continually looking for data contributions from the growing community of energy efficiency experts, managers, businesses and programs. Better Buildings Alliance members can maximize the value of data they already collect by making it available anonymously for broader use by the energy efficiency industry.
What Data to Contribute
- The BPD accepts data about all building types (commercial, public, single family, multifamily) except multiple buildings on a single meter (industrial and campuses).
- Contribute datasets records that include, at a minimum, one year of the building's energy usage, location at the zip code level, building classification (residential or commercial), type (office, retail, etc.), floor area and age.
- Provide richer datasets to enable energy conservation measure analysis. Additional useful fields: asset information (such as lighting type and controls, air distribution configuration, heating and cooling equipment types, wall, roof and window characteristics) and operational characteristics (such as types of activities and associated floor areas, operating hours, and number of occupants).
- The BPD is seeking datasets of more than 25 records but can accept smaller datasets if they contain richer information.
How to Contribute
- Contact us to contribute datasets or other recommended sources to the database.
- Send us files in several ways. Share building records directly through Portfolio Manager, or export data into excel files from any software program. We can also provide a blank excel template that follows the BPD schema for additional information, such as asset and equipment data (not collected through Portfolio Manager).
- Indicate that your data is "PROPRIETARY” if you would like it to be covered by the BPD’s stringent privacy and security protocols as well as protected from release under the Freedom of Information Act. More information on privacy and security protocols is available upon request.
- Once datasets are received, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory will clean the data and remove all identifiable information (e.g. names, street address, etc.) of buildings or individuals prior to uploading to the BPD. Cleansed and formatted datasets are available upon request.
- Brandywine Realty Trust
- Connexion Asset Group
- Liberty Property Trust
- Lucid Design Group
- Tishman Speyer
- Vornado Realty Trust
Private Sector Contributors
- U.S. Energy Information Administration
- U.S. General Services Administration
- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
- New York City Dept. of Citywide Administrative Services
- Pennsylvania Keystone HELP Home Energy Loan Program
- State of California Public Utilities Commission
- State of California Energy Commission
- Vermont Energy Investment Corporation
- Virginia City School District
Public Sector Contributors