National Building Database to provide understanding of buildings and energy consumption

National Building Database visualisation of map layers

The National Building Database (NBD) will provide a unique evidence base to understand buildings and their energy consumption in the UK.

The NBD project, funded by the Department of Energy Security and Net Zero, will bring together existing and new data to develop a comprehensive database in which represents every building in England, Wales and Scotland with particular emphasis on addressing gaps in the non-domestic building stock.

The database will comprise a spatially located geometrical representation of each building to which will be assigned data on age, construction, internal activities, building services, energy rating and actual energy use.

The NBD is led by the Building Stock Laboratory at UCL and builds on a decade of development of the 3DStock model.  The project team is led by Professor Paul Ruyssevelt and it draws on the expertise of researchers from the lab and across the Bartlett School of Environment, Energy and Resources (BSEER).

Publicly available data and data held by the government will be supplemented by primary data drawn from a set of telephone surveys conducted by project partners Winning Moves and a series of site based audits conducted by project partners Verco.