The Interoperable Building Model of the European Union

  • Gerhard GrögerEmail author
  • Lutz Plümer
Part of the Lecture Notes in Geoinformation and Cartography book series (LNGC)


The INSPIRE initiative of the European Union (EU) aims at developing a huge spatial data infrastructure (SDI) for authoritative spatial data in Europe. The member states are obligated to provide a large amount of their spatial data in this SDI. The building model is an important aspect among the 34 themes which are covered by INSPIRE. To cope with the heterogeneity of use cases and of data availability in the EU, the model consists of two normative profiles: a 2D and 3D profile. In addition, two non-normative extended profiles are provided. The chapter describes the use cases for buildings and the normative part of the building model in detail, as well as the relation to the standard CityGML for 3D city models, which has influenced the INSPIRE building model significantly. Although the regional scope of INSPIRE is the EU, it presumably will function as a role model also for other regions in the world.


European Union Member State Wind Turbine Building Model Wind Farm 
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The authors thank the INSPIRE Thematic Working Group on Buildings, namely Dominique Laurent (facilitator), Karl-Gustav Johansson (editor), Simon Barlow, Eddie Bergström, Zsuzsanna Ferencz, Gerhard Gröger, Frank Kooij, Frédéric Mortier, Karen Skjelbo, Fabio Taucer, Amalia Velasco, Ewa Wysocka, Julien Gaffuri (European Commission contact point), and Michael Lutz.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute for Geodesy and GeoinformationUniversity of BonnBonnGermany

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