Collaborative Holistic Design Laboratory and Methodology for Energy-Efficient Embedded Buildings
The eeEmbedded project aims to develop an open BIM-based holistic collaborative design and simulation platform, a related holistic design methodology, an energy system information model and an integrated information management framework for designing energy-efficient buildings and their optimal energetic embedding in the neighbourhood of surrounding buildings and energy systems.
A new design control and monitoring system based on hierarchical key performance indicators will support the complex design collaboration process. Knowledge-based detailing templates will allow energy simulations already in the early design phase, and BIM-enabled interoperability grounded on a novel system ontology will provide for a seamless holistic design process with distributed experts, and a seamless integration of simulations in the virtual design office (energy performance, CO2, CFD, control system, energy system, climate change, user behaviour, construction, facility operation), thus extending it to a real virtual design lab.
A test period of 12 project months, overlapping the first 42 development months of the project, will provide a real pre-market validation of the system on two existing embedded buildings of different types, for instance residential, office or hospital buildings. The development work will be soundly based on 2 business models (the business model of the owners and hence the equipment providers, and the business model of construction and design companies), and on a set of ISO and industry standard data structures and specifications such as IFC, STEP, CityGML and OWL.
A new ontology-based Link Model will provide the bridge between the multiple physical and mathematical models involved in the eeBuilding domain warranting the desired data and services interoperability.
The project is part of the 7th framework programme of the European Union, with a duration time of 4 years (October 2013 - September 2017) and has a budget of nearly 11 M€. The eeEmbedded consortium features 15 partners from 9 European countries, covering the whole knowledge transfer chain and all key areas of research and development relevant to the project goals. Involved are 1 University, 1 Research Institute, 9 Software vendors, 1 BIM consultant and 4 end users.