The primary goal of the project is to minimize the energy consumption and CO2 emissions of buildings during operation without decreasing user comfort or violating statutory standards. To this end, the European partners from research and industry are working on an open system architecture for intelligent building energy management systems (BEMS). This will be suitable both for the retrofitting of existing infrastructure and for newly designed buildings.
SEEDS will make it possible to use advanced process control procedures for energy management in buildings. The core of the procedure is a forecasting model for building energy consumption. This model takes into account building-internal usage parameters (e.g. building use profiles, user comfort), energy consumption of the technical building equipment (e.g. climate control systems) and environmental parameters (e.g. weather). The model is derived from the building history with the help of statistical processes (e.g. self-learning) and continuously updated over the course of operation. Models will be developed for calculating the energy consumption of the technical equipment.
Continuous optimization of the building operational management will take place on the basis of this forecasting model to ensure the minimal energy consumption and CO2 emissions while maintaining defined user comfort parameters. State-of-the-art sensor technology is used for the interface between the building energy management system and the technical building equipment.
Two building complexes in Spain and Norway will be equipped with the BEMS developed in SEEDS as pilot projects to verify the functionality and energy savings.