ExcEED’s mission to overcome data gaps
The EU-funded project ExcEED will establish a “European Energy Efficient building district Database” to gather a diverse range of data on the energy performance of buildings. Data will be collected from monitoring systems, building managers, public authorities, and other European databases and projects.
ExcEED will also develop tools to translate the data into meaningful and useful information. This information will improve the understanding of players across a broad range of roles – including at building level, those involved in design and ongoing management of buildings, and at a higher level, policy makers developing building policies.
Information is useful for building managers to ensure that a building is operated in the most energy efficient way possible and following the original design, while guaranteeing optimal indoor environmental conditions. Likewise, for building designers, it is important to understand the actual performance of buildings once they are operational. This will also improve understanding of the most effective technologies in different climates and for different uses, as well as enhance future building design. Additionally, in order to finance, construct and renovate highly efficient buildings, decision makers in the building sector require high-quality data to motivate and finance effective policy action.
EU legislation should require Member States to establish a national database for registering Energy Performance Certificates. As a minimum, it should contain actual energy consumption data of public buildings. Aggregated anonymised data (compliant with EU data protection requirements) should be made available in a publically accessible database. This would not only increase data availability, but also allow tracking of actual energy consumption in buildings.
For more information on the topic as well as for a list of buildings’ data resources read our briefing.