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Published on Nov 2, 2012
A comprehensive open data portal for energy efficiency in European buildings
In 2010 and 2011, BPIE undertook the first major survey of energy use in buildings throughout the entire EU, realising that robust policy analysis could not be undertaken without such information. This included a wide variety of technical data never collected EU-wide by either governments or research. BPIE has taken the results of that survey to create the BPIE data hub that is the first open data portal of its kind for statistical data and policy information on Europe's building stock. Through its powerful search tool, policy makers, the research community and all other stakeholders interested in the energy performance of European buildings can access country profiles, search specific parameters, generate overviews and graphs as well as screen the underlying data. The tool allows for cross-country comparisons and cost free downloads. Only the access to the original data requires prior registration.
The BPIE data hub has the ambition to become the first point of contact for anyone interested in energy efficiency in European buildings; the data will be improved on an on-going basis; over time, the hub will get enriched with additional topics and information generated through data exchange projects and research partnerships. The information available will get checked rigorously to allow for solid input to policy makers and all relevant stakeholders at EU and Member State level. BPIE is inviting other relevant organisations to contribute their data and to join BPIE in increasing transparency about the energy performance of the European building stock.
A solid information basis for sound policy making
Significant EU-wide legislation aims to improve the energy performance of new and existing buildings. In order to judge the effectiveness of the respective policies and to enable a sound basis for further policy development at EU and member states level, BPIE invested in a major data collection exercise during 2010 and 2011.
The statistical input to the study 'European Buildings under the Microscope' is now being published on this BPIE data portal to be broadly shared with the growing energy efficiency in buildings community. The report 'European Buildings under the Microscope' describes the European building stock (EU 27 including Norway and Switzerland), its size, characteristics and energy profile, based on publicly available statistics and policies on buildings. Please see also the original print publication containing the analysis of the data and several scenarios for the systematic renovation of the European building stock highlighting also environmental, economic and social challenges.