Data is All Around Us

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19-02-2013 | Marine Faber | Europe, 欧洲
Categories: Communications

The 3rd International Open Data Day will take place on Saturday 23rd February 2013. Why not have a look at what is going on in this matter? At BPIE, the Buildings Performance Institute Europe, the GBPN Europe Hub, we are really interested to see what is happening, especially since we launched our data hub late 2012.

Data access and quality are two hot topics:

BPIE has had interests in the matter for some time now, and after having collected facts and figures in the Europe’s Buildings under the Microscope Study released end of  2011), the creation of, an open data portal appeared as the next logical step. The comprehensive data hub presents those collected facts and figures, and includes a variety of technical data never before collected EU-wide. 

BPIE has now made its online knowledge assets “open data ready” by enabling downloads in raw data CSV format, as well as in PDF form. The raw data export now covers 10 building types from 29 European countries, with up to 18 climatic zones per country and a total building stock floor area nearly equivalent to the size of Belgium.
This data hub provides data and statistics on building stock performance (energy consumption, envelope performance, energy sources); building stock inventories reflecting floor area, construction year, ownership profile; national policies and regulation and financial schemes (333 in total). In addition, the user can access country fact sheets and definitions.
The data will be improved on an on-going basis and over time, the hub will become enriched with additional topics and information generated through data exchange projects and research partnerships.
BPIE now invites other organisations to add their data to the portal and grow into the comprehensive knowledge hub on the energy performance of Europe’s building stock.
Marine Faber, Junior Communication Manager at BPIE

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The 2002 Energy Performance in Buildings Directive required Member States to apply minimum requirements as regards the energy performance of new and existing buildings, ensure the certification of their energy performance and require the regular inspection of boilers and air conditioning systems in buildings. This was updated in 2010 by the EPBD recast. [Source: European Commission]

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