ADAPT4EE lays cornerstone for occupant aware energy performance optimization


Thessaloniki, Greece — (METERING.COM) — October 23, 2012 – An international consortium of academic and industrial organizations has been recently awarded a new contract by the European Commission for the implementation of the Adapt4EE (Occupant Aware, Intelligent and Adaptive Enterprises) STREP project, which is funded in the context of the 7th Framework Program’s Objective for ICT Solutions and Energy Efficiency.

Energy performance of buildings during everyday operation relies heavily on three interrelated spatio-temporal groups of factors: building assets and characteristics, environmental conditions, and occupants. Occupancy patterns, especially in commercial premises, appear to be the more complex, involving multiple individuals, gatherings, single or collective movement patterns and varying individual behaviors. What’s more, in the case of commercial buildings, occupancy patterns present a high correlation with business episodes, organizational structures and respective everyday operations.

To this end, it is of great benefit to accurately capture and analyze the information of such trends for applications in enterprise modeling and simulation. Detection of occupant presence has been applied extensively in built environments for applications such as demand controlled ventilation and security, and occupancy profiles are widely used in building simulations. However, the ability to determine the actual number of occupants in a predefined space, or even more, patterns of occupant movement is beyond the scope of current sensing techniques.

Given this situation, the Adapt4EE project aims at augmenting the contemporary architectural envelope by incorporating business and occupancy related information, thus providing a holistic approach to the planning, design and evaluation of energy performance of buildings at an early design phase and prior to their realization.

Adapt4EE will deliver and validate a holistic energy performance framework that incorporates architectural metadata and environmental parameters (BIM), critical business models (BPM), while treating occupants as the central reference point. The Adapt4EE framework will align energy consumption points to all interrelated enterprise aspects (business processes, enterprise assets and utility state and operations). It will also provide a set of open business reference models as well as respective methods and tools for modeling and simulating the real life operation of construction products, thus allowing for more accurate and realistic evaluation of the energy impact of alternative design and planning decisions.

The project was launched on November 1, 2011 and is running for 36 months with a total budget of €3.6 million.

Adapt4EE is being coordinated by the Informatics and Telematics Institute of the Centre for Research and Technology Hellas from Greece. Other participants are Fraunhofer-FIT from Germany, Hypertech S.A. from Greece, Intelligent Sensing Anywhere S.A. and the Academica de Coimbra Football Club from Portugal, BOC Information Technologies Consulting Ltd from Ireland, Almende B.V. from the Netherlands, the Technical University of Kosice from Slovakia and the University of Navarra from Spain.