Workshops

Only the ReCOSst workshop will be available online. Thank you for your understanding.

8 September 2021

11h00-12h30 AI for the built environment: trend or paradigm?
14h00-15h30 Building simulation: Early & often!(?)

9 September 2021

14h00-15h30 EnerMaps - The open data tool empowering your energy transition
16h30-18h00 ReCO2st Innovations to Accelerate the Renovation Wave (available online)


AI for the built environment: trend or paradigm?

8 September 2021, 11h00-12h30

The future of the built environment will increasingly see more reliance on digital technologies and Artificial Intelligence. Through three examples of AI-based applications, we will reflect on future directions: is AI going to remain a trend or will it be the new standard?

The built environment is undergoing a profound transformation. Data has always played a key role in the decision making and management processes within the built environment, whether at the building-, community-, city-, or national-scale. We select three applications of Artificial Intelligence (AI) for the built environment in the domains of energy systems optimization, renewable energy potential and digital twins. Through them we will discuss the undeniable advantages of AI as well as the limitations still remaining behind its large-scale adoption in the built environment.

Organisation: Roberto Castello, EPFL



Building simulation: Early & often!(?)

8 September 2021, 14h00-16h00, practice-oriented workshop organised by IBPSA Switzerland

In this workshop, the process of integrating simulations in a digital planning process chain with BIM will be discussed, challenges addressed and solutions presented in the use of innovative methods, processes and tools.

The use of building simulations as a method for optimisation, dimensioning and verification as well as for the creation of decision-making bases is currently still strongly perceived on the market as a special service with a high proportion of manual work that requires special remuneration.
With the help of a BIM method, simulation services can be provided more quickly and cost-effectively, and the input parameters and simulation results can be documented in a model-based manner for quality assurance purposes. In addition, the model-based documentation of the expected behaviour of building systems offers the possibility of a subsequent performance gap analysis in the operational phase. After the workshop, participants will know:

  • The process for BIM process integration of simulations.
  • The basics of the IFC standard for documenting input data and results
  • Use cases in the field of indoor climate and energy
  • Activities and contacts at building SMART International and IBPSA

Organisation: IBPSA Switzerland, Manuel Frey, Achim Geissler


EnerMaps - The open data tool empowering your energy transition

9 September 2021, 14h00-15h30

The management of the energy transition depends on the availability and the quality of a large range of data. Data is often difficult to find, mixed in different repositories, resulting in a lack of efficiency for research and energy management. EnerMaps aims to improve data management and accessibility in the field of energy. The purpose of the workshop is to introduce the technical concepts behind the EnerMaps Data Management Tool (EDMT), the Energy Community Gateway, and to demonstrate live its use through concrete examples.

The H2020 project EnerMaps has been working to coordinate and enrich existing energy databases to share and reuse energy data more FAIR’ly and as such more efficiently. For researchers, EnerMaps will provide tools to communicate and disseminate data efficiently, based on existing large scientific repositories.
For the renewable technology industry, energy planners, energy utilities, energy managers, energy consultants, and public administration officers specialised in the energy sector as well as social innovation experts and data providers, EnerMaps will act as a quality-checked database of crucial energy data and a possibility to access rapidly new innovative datasets as well as related insights to inform decision-makers.

Organisation: For the H2020 EnerMaps project, Clémence Comptant (Revolve) and Jérôme Kaempf (IDIAP)


ReCO2st Innovations to Accelerate the Renovation Wave

9 September 2021, 16h30-18h00

Reducing refurbishment costs is the first condition to accelerate the renovation wave, but to transform good intentions into decisions and decisions into realized projects, new business models are required. The H2020 ReCO2st research project, set up to provide guidance for cost, time and energy efficient refurbishment, has produced methods and tools that are now ready to be used in practice.
In this seminar, we introduce a web based refurbishment assessment platform combining existing and new tools that enables energy experts to optimise deep refurbishment scenarios and calculate a credible refurbishment budget. A demonstration project in Vevey shows how these tools were used to determine the optimum trade-off between energy savings and renewable energy, resulting in a sober, cost efficient deep refurbishment of a heritage building, compatible with 2000 W society targets. The City of Fribourg, as an early adopter site, will present how ReCO2st tools and business model kit can support their building stock renovation strategy.

Organisation: for the H2020 ReCO2st team Flourentzou Flourentzos, ESTIA


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