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The Flemish building registry at the core of an energy information network

Tony Vanderstraete and Ziggy Vanlishout

(Submission #122)


Information Flanders (a Flemish governmental agency) is developing a building registry implementing the INSPIRE data specifications and UML feature catalogue. The application schemas and feature catalogues have been extended in response to local user needs and requirements. The flexible and modular way in which the building technical guidelines have been designed, highly facilitates this approach. An innovative infrastructure architecture has been set up to manage and access the data, also delivering INSPIRE-compliant products and services automatically.

The building registry is embedded in a network of integrated basic registries, related amongst others to addresses, cadastral parcels, roads and topography. Where possible, it will form the spatial reference for INSPIRE themes such as ‘utility and governmental services’, ‘production and industrial facilities’, ‘agricultural and aquaculture facilities’ and ‘environmental management facilities’. The building data model will also be aligned with OSLO², the Flemish implementation of ISA interoperability standards, so that the building concept can be used cross-domain, both within the spatial and non-spatial realm.

As such, the building registry will become an authentic data source for key building information, starting with a stable unique ID. When fully operational (expected January 2018), all building related information in Flanders can be interconnected to one another with the building registry at the core of this information network. A first proof of concept has been set up with the Flemish Energy Agency (VEA), introducing the building registry ID's within their 'Energy Performance Certificate' database. Such a certificate scores each building, or building unit, on its yearly energy consumption. It motivates building owners to increase the thermal isolation of their properties and thus reducing energy costs in the long run. As such the combination of spatial and non-spatial data will also give better inside in regional energy efficiency levels and contribute to achieve the goals of the Flemish Climate Action Plan.

The presentation will focus on (1) the INSPIRE-compliant data model of the Flemish building registry and the related infrastructure architecture, (2) its place within the information network and (3) the first results of the proof of concept relating non-spatial energy data with spatial building features.


Topic Area:  [2.5] Spatial and non-spatial data
Abstract Type:  Oral Presentation

Additional fields

Comments:   buildings, basic registries, standards, energy efficiency

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