A statement from the company, which is owned by Australia's federal, state and territory governments, said the release of the Building API came in the wake of its releasing a national Geoscape dataset that mapped every building in the country in detail.
The API will allow developers to build applications that can access building information on demand. Users "call" the API using either an address or geocode and the API will return buildings data for the particular address or location.
“The way location data is used has changed significantly in the last decade,"said Dan Paull, chief executive, PSMA Australia.
"Using the API, software developers can access comprehensive buildings data with ease and only pay for what they access."
2.5D building footprints along a rail corridor. Courtesy PSMA
The statement said the Buildings API was used along with PSMA’s Addresses API to make an address string query, match it to a known address, look up buildings at the address and obtain the characteristics of each building.
Building characteristics include 2D and 3D building footprints, area, height, elevation, roof material and complexity, solar panels and adjacent swimming pools.
“With a robust address string query engine, users can have complete confidence in finding the right address," said Paull.
"During beta testing, we saw huge demand for this type of data with over 800,000 calls made to the API. Incredibly, the total number of building attributes requested was nearly 2.5 million.
“This could revolutionise the operations of a range of businesses, large and small. For the first time, for example, a solar panel installer can accurately understand and map the buildings in their neighbourhood to see which already have solar panels, but the possibilities are virtually endless."
The API can be tested out or bought on a starter plan here.