The Building Data Genome Directory – An open, comprehensive data sharing platform for building performance research

by   Xiaoyu Jin, et al.

The building sector plays a crucial role in the worldwide decarbonization effort, accounting for significant portions of energy consumption and environmental effects. However, the scarcity of open data sources is a continuous challenge for built environment researchers and practitioners. Although several efforts have been made to consolidate existing open datasets, no database currently offers a comprehensive collection of building data types with all subcategories and time granularities (e.g., year, month, and sub-hour). This paper presents the Building Data Genome Directory, an open data-sharing platform serving as a one-stop shop for the data necessary for vital categories of building energy research. The data directory is an online portal ( that allows filtering and discovering valuable datasets. The directory covers meter, building-level, and aggregated community-level data at the spatial scale and year-to-minute level at the temporal scale. The datasets were consolidated from a comprehensive exploration of sources, including governments, research institutes, and online energy dashboards. The results of this effort include the aggregation of 60 datasets pertaining to building energy ontologies, building energy models, building energy and water data, electric vehicle data, weather data, building information data, text-mining-based research data, image data of buildings, fault detection diagnosis data and occupant data. A crowdsourcing mechanism in the platform allows users to submit datasets they suggest for inclusion by filling out an online form. This directory can fuel research and applications on building energy efficiency, which is an essential step toward addressing the world's energy and environmental challenges.


A review of ontologies for smart and continuous commissioning

Smart and continuous commissioning (SCCx) of buildings can result in a s...

ENCOVIZ: An open-source, secure and multi-role energy consumption visualisation platform

The need for a more energy efficient future is now more evident than eve...

CarbonTag: A browser-based method for approximating energy consumption of online ads

Energy is today the most critical environmental challenge. The amount of...

Monitoring the West-Nile virus outbreaks in Italy using open-access data

This paper introduces a comprehensive and original database on West Nile...

Plastic Waste is Exponentially Filling our Oceans, but where are the Robots?

Plastic waste is filling our oceans at an exponential rate. The situatio...

Data fusion strategies for energy efficiency in buildings: Overview, challenges and novel orientations

Recently, tremendous interest has been devoted to develop data fusion st...

Energy Optimization for HVAC Systems in Multi-VAV Open Offices: A Deep Reinforcement Learning Approach

With more than 32 buildings, there is an urgent need to revisit traditio...

Please sign up or login with your details

Forgot password? Click here to reset