While a massive amount of building-related energy data exists, it can be unwieldy and dispersed, hampering our ability to leverage it for energy-saving efforts and research. Building owners, utilities, cities, ESCOs, and researchers are unable to match energy use data with other building data sets, making it hard to identify energy-saving opportunities or develop new technologies. This Accelerator developed and demonstrated a unique building identifier (UBID) for spatial tagging to reduce the barriers to and cost of joining datasets. UBIDs make building energy data more useful, enabling more competitive energy infrastructure, systems and policies.
This case study spotlights Washington, D.C.'s successful implementation of DOE’s Unique Building ID (UBID) tool to leverage building-related datasets in support of their sustainability policies.
The UBID Public Sector Implementation Guide describes how public stakeholders (such as state and local governments) and others can use DOE’s Unique Building ID tool to supercharge the value of their building-related datasets.
This is a capstone summary of the progress and accomplishments of DOE's Building Energy Data Analysis Accelerator and its partners.