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OGC and NRCan Request Information on Building Energy Mapping and Analytics

QUEST invites its supporters and its whole network to provide input as part of a new Request For Information (RFI), issued by the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) with the support of Natural Resources Canada (NRCan). The Building Energy Mapping and Analytics Concept Development Study (BEMA-CDS) is focused on gathering input on the current state of development in the domain of building energy mapping and analytics. Map-based predictive analytics is increasingly recognized as an important method to support community energy and emissions planning, retrofits to the existing building stock and utility demand-side management and conservation initiatives.

The responses are due by April 24, 2020

The goals of the study are to:

  • Characterize the state of development of energy mapping and analytics for building stock broadly; and
  • Inform and propose IT architectural practices and standards to enable mapping and analytics specifically for residential energy use and efficiency across Canada.

The information being sought includes who undertakes this work, what data they use, what building archetypes they make use of, how they develop and/or operate their models, and how the resulting analyses, maps, and applications could be or are being used.

The authors wish to hear from a wide range of respondents, including those from:

  • Municipalities
  • Provinces/states (or equivalent sub-national entities)
  • Federal/National governments
  • University labs
  • Consultants including geomatics, engineering, planning and design firms
  • Academic Institutions
  • Energy Utilities
  • Federal or Territorial / Provincial Policy Organizations
  • Enabling organizations supporting energy mapping and smart energy communities more broadly.
  • Environmental groups

The Request for Information will gather stakeholder inputs towards informing a standards-based approach to building energy end-use mapping in Canada, to support municipal, utility, government, and other end-uses. RFI responses will be validated in a subsequent face-to-face validation workshop in Ottawa, Canada in early May 2020. Results will be compiled in a study report for public release to be presented in two webinars (English and French) as well as in person at the OGC Technical Committee meeting in Montreal in June 2020.

The BEMA-CDS supports an NRCan-CanmetENERGY-Ottawa led research activity called the Canadian Energy End-use Mapping (CEE Map) project. Funded by the Program of Energy Research and Development (PERD), NRCan’s Innovation Fund and the GeoConnections Program, the CEE Map project plans to develop online an interactive mapping application that will expose much-needed housing energy use and optimization data to non-building science professionals, in a usable map format. It also seeks to deploy authoritative buildings and energy data, standards and technical guidance to enable building energy mapping by other organizations.



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