1 | Buildings efficiency

Use case 1

Buildings are major consumers of energy, representing 40% of total energy consumption and being responsible for 36% of total CO­2 emissions. There is a high potential for reducing emissions in the building sector, and the EU already recognised the importance of decreasing energy consumption in the Directive on the Energy Performance of Buildings.

The relationship between buildings and energy encompasses a broad spectrum of concerns, including energy efficiency in investment decisions, buildings energy performance management, energy efficiency policies, smart buildings, and energy disaggregation. All these aspects make data on energy efficiency in buildings crucial for the discussion and the decision-making by households, academics, or policymakers in many practical contexts.

A wide variety of information is needed, starting from the existing building stock to solutions in ventilation and air conditioning, socio-demographic information, cultural perception of thermal comfort to climate and weather information.

While the above-mentioned data is already available, databases are not organised and not interlinked. Therefore, the use case on buildings efficiency aims to achieve three goals:

  • Identifying the available metadata on buildings efficiency and constructing a metadata repository of available data.
  • Assessing the level of FAIRness and openness of the available data with the contribution of experts from the field in the planned workshops.
  • Contributing to the FAIRification and opening of the available data respecting privacy concerns.