Paper Conference

2018 Building Performance Analysis Conference and SimBuild co-organized by ASHRAE and IBPSA-USA


An Open Science Approach for Building Performance Studies

Steven Firth, Gareth Cole, Tom Kane, Farid Fouchal, Tarek Hassan
Loughborough University, UK

Abstract: Open Science is increasingly viewed as a priority for collaboration and advancement of scientific disciplines. This paper presents two Open Science methods for building performance studies: i) a method for storing building performance information using an open data format, including the creation of a custom XML schema and the novel use of both XML and CSV formats for data storage; and ii) a method for carrying out building performance analysis in an open and reproducible manner using the Jupyter Notebook tool. The work is based on the open-access REFIT Smart Home dataset (publically available at, a published dataset of building performance information in 20 UK homes. The dataset includes detailed building survey information and over 1.3 billion sensor readings. The paper concludes with a discussion on the future of Open Science approaches for building performance studies, and how the processes described in the paper can be applied to both measurement and simulation datasets.
Pages: 699 - 706