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How can I use/access OpenStudio City Database

asked 2017-08-02 11:18:41 -0600

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updated 2017-08-02 14:57:51 -0600

A paper titled 'CITY SCALE MODELING WITH OPENSTUDIO' published in 2016 mentions an 'OpenStudio City Database (City DB)' Where can I find access to this database?

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MatthewSteen's avatar MatthewSteen  ( 2017-08-02 14:04:51 -0600 )edit

I'm looking at the paper now and it looks like a separate thing. @macumber?

__AmirRoth__'s avatar __AmirRoth__  ( 2017-08-02 14:57:45 -0600 )edit

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answered 2017-08-02 19:52:50 -0600

NREL's tools for urban modeling have evolved a bit since this paper was published. The URBANopt tool that this paper described is currently being used for internal projects at NREL as well as a few select projects with external partners. The URBANopt tool is focused mostly on conceptual design of low energy districts so there is less of a need for a durable database of buildings or use of existing public data.

The concept of the CityDB as a durable database of existing buildings has been merged with the SEED Platform, Urban modeling tools built on SEED will benefit from additional data flows related to energy disclosure and audit activities. NREL and LBNL are currently partnering with the City of San Francisco to work on a DOE project (BRICR) using this architecture. Both URBANopt and BRICR leverage new additions to the OpenStudio-Standards gem for generating prototypical models from limited data.

Please send me an email at daniel (dot) macumber (at) if you are interested more details.

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