BuildingSync (R) in Action: Example Implementations

Jason DeGraw, Kristin Field-Macumber, Nicholas Long, Supriya Goel

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Interoperability is a particular challenge in building energy auditing, in which tools and data requirements may vary widely depending upon locale or intended use of the audit result. There are, however, many reasons to represent the data in a common format. BuildingSync (R) is such an effort to develop a standardized language to flexibly represent and exchange building energy auditing data between software tools. The schema has been developed with extensive collaboration between the United States Department of Energy (DOE) and industry experts. BuildingSync facilitates a consistent history of energy audit data across the life of a building or a group of buildings, and thus enables lower costs and higher energy performance results. It also facilitates easier aggregation and analysis of audits conducted by different companies using different software. This paper presents two examples of building energy analysis efforts that are utilizing BuildingSync - (1) BayREN Integrated Commercial Retrofits (BRICR), a utility custom incentive program at the Bay Area Regional Energy Network (BayREN) that uses BuildingSync to exchange building data, and (2) New York City's ordinance on benchmarking and auditing data. These efforts utilize BuildingSync in conjunction with other DOE-sponsored tools, such as the Asset Score Reporting Platform, SEED Platform, and OpenStudio. Using the lessons learned from these efforts, the paper also makes recommendations for applicability to future projects that may benefit from BuildingSync.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages12
StatePublished - 2018
Event2018 ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings - Pacific Grove, California
Duration: 12 Aug 201817 Aug 2018


Conference2018 ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings
CityPacific Grove, California

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NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/CP-5500-74180


  • building energy audit
  • BuildingSync


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