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Title: Is the BPD Nationally Representative? A Comparison of the Building Performance Database to the Commercial Buildings Energy Consumption Survey

Abstract

The Building Performance Database (BPD) contains building characteristics and energy use data that can be used to benchmark buildings against their peers. However, the BPD contains data from any source that was willing to contribute data, regardless of whether that dataset is representative of the national building stock. This report explores the representativeness of the BPD. Namely, we compared the BPD to the Commercial Buildings Energy Consumption Survey (CBECS), which was designed to be a nationally representative sample of buildings. We divided the datasets into subgroups based on building type and location, we focused on three key variables (floor area, site energy use intensity, and source energy use intensity), and we compared their statistical properties in the BPD to the CBECS. We found that while the BPD contains signi ficantly more buildings with larger floor areas, the BPD is reasonably representative in terms of site and source energy use intensity and does not appear to have a systemic bias towards energy effcient buildings.

Authors:
 [1];  [1]
  1. Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States)
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), Building Technologies Office (EE-5B)
OSTI Identifier:
1526565
Report Number(s):
LBNL-2001198
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DOE Contract Number:  
AC02-05CH11231
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English

Citation Formats

Walter, Travis, and Mathew, Paul. Is the BPD Nationally Representative? A Comparison of the Building Performance Database to the Commercial Buildings Energy Consumption Survey. United States: N. p., 2019. Web. doi:10.2172/1526565.
Walter, Travis, & Mathew, Paul. Is the BPD Nationally Representative? A Comparison of the Building Performance Database to the Commercial Buildings Energy Consumption Survey. United States. doi:10.2172/1526565.
Walter, Travis, and Mathew, Paul. Tue . "Is the BPD Nationally Representative? A Comparison of the Building Performance Database to the Commercial Buildings Energy Consumption Survey". United States. doi:10.2172/1526565. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1526565.
@article{osti_1526565,
title = {Is the BPD Nationally Representative? A Comparison of the Building Performance Database to the Commercial Buildings Energy Consumption Survey},
author = {Walter, Travis and Mathew, Paul},
abstractNote = {The Building Performance Database (BPD) contains building characteristics and energy use data that can be used to benchmark buildings against their peers. However, the BPD contains data from any source that was willing to contribute data, regardless of whether that dataset is representative of the national building stock. This report explores the representativeness of the BPD. Namely, we compared the BPD to the Commercial Buildings Energy Consumption Survey (CBECS), which was designed to be a nationally representative sample of buildings. We divided the datasets into subgroups based on building type and location, we focused on three key variables (floor area, site energy use intensity, and source energy use intensity), and we compared their statistical properties in the BPD to the CBECS. We found that while the BPD contains signi ficantly more buildings with larger floor areas, the BPD is reasonably representative in terms of site and source energy use intensity and does not appear to have a systemic bias towards energy effcient buildings.},
doi = {10.2172/1526565},
journal = {},
number = ,
volume = ,
place = {United States},
year = {2019},
month = {1}
}

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