Modelling Optimization of Energy Efficiency in Buildings for Urban Sustainability

MOEEBIUS introduces a Holistic Energy Performance Optimization Framework that enhances current modelling approaches and delivers innovative simulation tools which deeply grasp and describe real-life building operation complexities in accurate simulation predictions that significantly reduce the “performance gap” and enhance multi-fold, continuous optimization of building energy performance as a means to further mitigate and reduce the identified “performance gap” in real-time or through retrofitting.

 

Portuguese pilot site for the evaluation and validation of the MOEEBIUS framework comprise of:

  • A complex of two educational/recreational buildings called “Complexo escolar de JI/EB da Venda do Pinheiro” and built in 2005. The more functionally/operationally diverse of the two buildings houses a school, a swimming pool and multi-sports hall (for use by students and citizens). It has two stories and more than 550 people visit it daily either as students/employees or as visitors of the sports complex. The second building houses a kindergarten. It is also a two story building, hosting about 20 students and about 100 staff or visitors daily. The two buildings are interconnected by the production and distribution of heating. This building complex uses an energy mix of electricity and gas; it annually consumes about 257MWh of electricity and 760MWh of natural gas.
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  • The MAFRA city hall building. This building houses about 200 permanent staff and about 50 visitors on a daily basis. It is spread over four stories, each of them has 15 rooms. The building houses the mayor’s office and offices for the necessary support staff. Apart from HVAC, all other amenities run purely on electricity and the building consumes about 277MWh annually on average.
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The buildings span a built area of about 8000 sq.m. that have an annual consumption of 535MWh of electricity and 760 MWh of natural gas. All buildings share their HVAC system which is based on district level, natural gas-fired boilers to heat water. About 800 people occupy these buildings in a variety of roles that provide diversity in the occupant profiles. Sports facilities and the town hall host visitors as well as employees, while schools host students and employees. This diversity will enable a thorough evaluation of the MOEEBIUS framework for varying occupancy profiles.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

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EU  This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 680517.