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evolving Digital Twins to optimize whole Life performance of new buildings – eDigiT2Life

Company:

IES LIMITED, HLMAD LIMITED, MULTIPLEX CONSTRUCTION EUROPE LIMITED, SCIENCESCOPE LIMITED, University of Glasgow

The project’s ambition is to develop a methodology for improving the modelling process during design stage of buildings fulfilling a twofold goal:
1. Make compliance models (used for building energy and environmental rating) more accurate in predicting a building’s real operational performance, thus
minimising the performance gap between predicted and actual energy consumption of buildings.
2. Make the compliance models useful beyond the design/compliance stage of new constructions by enabling them to become the basis of an operational
Digital Twin (DT) of a building that can be used to optimise its energy, comfort and flexibility performance and additionally, provide a multitude of other
energy and non energy services (e.g. electric vehicles charging, space optimisation).
To fulfill that ambition eDigiT2Life will develop a methodology to inform initial compliance modelling on the future sensing and metering infrastructure based
on Internet of Things (IoT) devices (stationary, mobile and wearable) that are anticipated to proliferate in future indoor built environments. The combination of
that digital infrastructure with the advanced modelling and visualisation capabilities of dynamic simulation models enables the development of representative,
reliable, accurate and powerful operational Digital Twins of buildings. The modelling engine of the DT enables the provision of multiple energy services to
buildings. The inherent 3D visual representation of the building in the dynamic simulation model allows the development of immersive and insightful
interfaces of the DT that can be used to inform but also motivate and inspireoccupants and users.
The eDigiT2Life innovative methodology includes evolving and fortifying the initial compliance model created at the design stage of the building to a
calibrated model at the handover and commissioning stage all way through to a fully blown digital twin of the building for its operational lifecycle.
In that way the initial compliance model, which is not being used beyond the design and constructional stage of a building although is a not an insignificant
cost, can organically evolve with limited additional cost to an operational Digital Twin of the building, regaining value that can be further commoditised during
the lifecycle of the building. The functionalities of the DT allow the building owners to optimise their building energy assets and increase their value while the
building occupants can enjoy a more comfortable and flexible indoor built environment.