Focus area: Buildings data

Buildings data and tools

In the past years, BPIE contributed to the development of several tools within the framework of EU-funded projects and more.

BPIE began collecting facts and figures on the European building stock in 2010 in the context of preparing its major study Europe’s Buildings under the Microscope, released in 2011.

In 2012, the information gathered was made available on BPIE’s open data portal, the Data Hub, including technical data on building performance never before collected EU-wide. The platform offered country statistics on buildings, information about policies and access to information sources provided by partner organisations, and fed into research and legislation. The Data Hub’s wealth of information and model were used as a basis to design the EU Building Stock Observatory, an EU-funded project launched November 30, 2016. This comprehensive tool monitors policy implementation in the European Member States and presents country specific data with 250 indicators.

The Buildings Observatory provides a broad snapshot of the building stock characteristics in EU28 and includes data from EU projects, national statistics, EPC databases, cities’ sustainable energy action plans, industry data, and other sources, with factsheets on specific topics per country. The Buildings Observatory aims at supporting the successful implementation of policies and programmes and better compliance and enforcement. It maps energy poverty areas, provides useful data for decision makers in policy and in the private sector. The project consortium was led by BPIE and included ECN, Ecofys, Enerdata and SEVEn, and many national and international data partners, and was funded by the European Commission.

In late 2016, BPIE joined the ExcEED consortium, standing for “European Energy Efficient building district Database”-, which promises to establish a robust and durable return of knowledge mechanism collecting actual buildings energy performance data and providing information to designers, energy managers and policy makers. The database and the four tools to be developed during the project are expected to be published in the spring of 2018.

BPIE is also part of the EUCalc project working to develop trade-offs and pathways towards a sustainable and low-carbon Europe.

We invite other organisations to contribute with their data and to support BPIE’s effort to increase transparency and knowledge about the energy performance of the European building stock.

In the past years, BPIE contributed to the development of several tools. Some of them are listed below.