IBPSA-USA Building Data Exchange Survey Now Open

The building simulation industry is in the process of making a steady shift towards connected databases and web technologies for the design, analysis, and operation of built environments. Consequently, the end-user must work with a multitude of unrelated data dictionaries, schemas, and file formats to represent building information for simulation.

The IBPSA-USA Building Data Exchange (BDE) Committee has been set up to convene the many stakeholders to identify current barriers to data exchange, and if necessary, facilitating the development of standard data models will help overcome some of the key barriers to greater adoption of building performance modeling outlined in USDOE BTO’s Emerging Technologies Draft Research and Development document, namely – improving value proposition, increasing accuracy, making time available to develop core modeling capabilities, and facilitating end-to-end workflow automation.

One of the committee's first activity is outreach to the building simulation community at large to assess the current state of data exchange in practice and promote information exchange about current trends in data exchange. This outreach will begin with a series of surveys and webinars.

Our initial survey as available at: https://forms.gle/tbni3B2CNKxC9sdy9

We will be collecting responses from the survey until August 31, 2020. At that time we will conglomerate the results and produce a report with a summary of the findings. The report will be a publicly available document from IBPSA-USA.

If you have any questions on the survey or about the IBPSA-USA Building Data Exchange (BDE) Committee pleas email bde@ibpsa.us