National Building Database
Creating a National Buildings Database
Helping secure a future of fair, cost-effective and sustainable energy
National Building Database
The government is developing a detailed inventory of all the buildings in Great Britain. This will include all domestic buildings (houses and flats) and non-domestic buildings (offices, shops, warehouses, schools, hospitals, to name a few).The database will include information such as the size, age, construction and energy performance of each building.
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National Building Database
HOW THE DATABASE WILL BE USED
The completed database will be used for research into energy use and carbon emissions to inform government strategy and policy to help:
Improve energy efficiency to reduce energy costs
Improve energy efficiency to reduce energy costs
Examine practical approaches to low carbon retrofitting
Examine practical approaches to low carbon retrofitting
Investigate the potential for integrating low carbon and renewable energy technologies
Investigate the potential for integrating low carbon and renewable energy technologies
For the database to be effective, it will need to accurately represent the physical form of each building and what energy equipment is used in it, as well as faithfully reflect the way different types of buildings are used to provide work, education, healthcare, entertainment and many other activities.
The UK has around 30 million buildings that are collectively responsible for 30% of national emissions, with the vast majority of buildings emissions resulting from demand for heating.
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RESEARCH DETAILS

The Department of Energy Security and Net Zero has commissioned a team of highly qualified researchers to gather existing data on the building stock in the country and to supplement it with information from a sample of buildings in each of the categories of non-domestic buildings (data on housing is already collected through regular national surveys).

Over the next several months, the researchers will be holding workshops with sector representatives and phoning individuals to complete a survey. They will also visit some buildings in person.

The results of this work will provide an invaluable resource to government, industry and sector organisations. Individual building owners, occupiers and managers will be able to place their buildings in a broader context and benefit from more accurate, up-to-date and relevant energy and carbon benchmarks.

Success will depend on adequate levels of participation from all sectors. We hope that those contacted will recognise the benefits of this research and be willing to take part.

National Building Database
Sectors
SECTORS
Data will be collected from 15 non-domestic building sectors and we would welcome interest from organisations representing building owners or users in any of these sectors:
  • Offices
  • Shops
  • Factories
  • Warehouses
  • Education
  • Health
  • Arts and Leisure
  • Hospitality
  • Community
  • Sport
  • Agriculture
  • Emergency Services
  • Defence
  • Transport
  • Utilities
RESEARCH PARTNERS
Department for Energy Security and Net Zero
Department for Energy Security and Net Zero
The Department is responsible for the nation reaching its Net Zero goals by 2050 and reducing energy costs for all. They commissioned the research team to build the National Buildings Database.
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University College London Energy Institute.
University College London Energy Institute.
UCL’s Energy Institute deliver world-leading learning, research and policy support on the challenges of climate change and energy security. They are the lead research partner on this project.

You can read more about their work on NBD here.
Verco
Verco
Verco are experts in sustainable growth. They work with building owners and managers every day to find zero carbon solutions. They are conducting building audits as part of this project.
Winning Moves
Winning Moves
Winning Moves are experts in research and evaluation, who bring insight to organisations who are making the world better by reducing our carbon footprint. They are conducting surveys for this project and liaising with stakeholders.
National Building Database FOR MORE INFORMATION
If you would like to register your interest in a site audit, please click here. For any other queries please complete the contact form below.
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