BuildingSync is a schema developed by the National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL) that provides a standardized data format for describing the physical and operational characteristics of buildings specifically for the purpose of commercial energy audits. This schema can be exported and imported by many software tools that allow common information to be shared (ie – interoperability). For a list of use cases, click here.

The BuildingSync Schematron tool includes a set of rules that validate data against the BuildingSync schema, helping to ensure that data is consistent and accurate for any specific software tool. In this case, a Schematron file was created solely for validating BuildingSync into ASHRAE BEQ portal.

ASHRAE Building EQ is a web-based tool developed by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) that helps building owners and operators evaluate the energy performance of their buildings. The tool allows users to compare their building’s energy use to similar type buildings in the same climate zone and identify areas where energy efficiency improvements can be made. Building EQ includes a set of energy performance metrics that can be used to track improvements over time.

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Users can import BuildingSync files into existing ASHRAE Building EQ projects allowing them to pre-populate the project with common energy auditing data.