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The Building Component Library (BCL) is the U.S. Department of Energy’s comprehensive online searchable library of energy modeling building blocks and descriptive metadata. Novice users and seasoned practitioners can use the freely available and uniquely identifiable components to create energy models and cite the sources of input data, which will increase the credibility and reproducibility of their simulations. The BCL currently contains more than 30,000 components and measures. A faceted search mechanism has been implemented on the BCL that allows users to filter through the search results using various facets. Facet categories include component and measure types, data source, and energy modeling software type. All attributes of a component or measure can also be used to filter the results. These include energy efficiency, new building, and retrofit buildings. It stores programmatic energy conservation measures that can be executed on a whole building energy model and generated with OpenStudio.

FieldValue
Product Type
Data
Knowledge & Learning
Focus Area
Low Carbon Development
Scope / Extension
Sub-national, Project, & Local/Community level
Sector
Methodological Steps
Spatial / Geographical Coverage Location
USA
Languages
EN
License
other-open
Current Version
1
System Requirements
All
Contact Name
Nicholas Long
Contact Email
nicholas.long@nrel.gov
Identifier
01504e24-48b6-49a5-8cdc-912a531866ab
e-Learning available
e-Learning available
Facilitated Learning Avalable
Discussion Forum
Yes