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Service Platform to Host and SharE REsidential data

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - SPHERE (Service Platform to Host and SharE REsidential data)

Reporting period: 2018-11-01 to 2020-04-30

SPHERE is a 4-year, Horizon 2020 project that aims to provide a BIM-based Digital Twin Platform to optimise the building lifecycle, reduce costs and improve energy efficiency in residential buildings. SPHERE aims to provide a set of tools/services integrated in a platform based on BIM models facing construction projects (both refurbishment and new construction actions) which will in turn help achieve a reduction of both European building sector's construction and operation energy efficiency, reducing overall CO2 emissions as well as costs. This is a critical issue in order to achieve European objectives regarding GHG emissions reductions for 2030-50.
SHERE platform will, in a nutshell, develop and provide the following:
- A Platform as a Service (PaaS): An underlying ICT Systems of Systems infrastructure based on Platform as a Service (PaaS) service to allow large scale data, information and knowledge integration and synchronization.
- Vertical integrated processes: During any phase of the building’s lifecycle, different stakeholders will be able to interact with this BIM Digital Twin model, based on the building’s information and a scalable set of different software tools.
- Building specifications and Real Time data: Seamless and efficient updating based on IDDS framework, where any action can be analysed in a virtual environment prior to physical implementation and consequent expenses.
- User Centered Design (UCD): To accelerate market uptake & social acceptance in order to help promote standards and policy that paves the way for a more extended use of ICT-tools in Building design, construction and operations.
- Integration into a Digital Twin Environment (DTE): Twinning this virtual information model with the reality helps significantly in decision-making during each phase of the whole building’s lifespan, increases collaboration and reduces inefficiencies, while improving the energy efficiency and reducing time and costs.
"This Internal Progress Report explains the development of SPHERE EU project, in respect to the plan in the Annex I of Grant Agreement and recommendations received from the European Commission.
WP2 – ICT Platform Requirements and KPIs definition
• Submission of deliverable 2.1 & 2.2 (M12) incl. evaluation by EC officers and re-submission with improvements. Submission of deliverables 2.3 (M16), 2.4 (M16) and 2.5 (M18).
WP3 – Design of Data and ICT architecture for Digital Twin implementation
• Pilot use case descriptions prepared for 4 pilots (T3.1)
• New revision for IT architecture called SPHERE Digital Twin ecosystem (T3.2) Key concept is to link data and integrate components and services intelligently.
• Collection of suitable ontologies and idenfying SPHERE approach based on top-level ontology and acknowledging an opportunity to link ontologies together for SPHERE needs (T3.3).
• Selection of blockchain technology for smart contracts (T3.5).
• Inititial open S.I.L. libraries developed in ECOSimPro for HVAC, thermal and fluid components (T3.5).
WP4 – Design & Construction Tools development and interaction
• Software tool technology descriptions have been completed for each tool in a standardised format in documents and on XWIKI
• First versions of tools developed for ROBMOS/MODSCO/ECOSIMPRO/IESD-E/HTM, and in progress first versions of CEAT (based on EPESUS) and IESD-W
• Table of Contents Draft has been delivered for Tasks 4.1 to 4.4
WP5 – ICT Operation Tools Implementation
• V1 (testing) of SPHERE IoT Dashboard has been developed.
• ISO50001 workflows have been developed
• Proof of Concept ISO50001 tool is under development
• HTM Control testing carried out
• Extensive response to COMSA survey has been analysed
• DE5 and CAV active engagement with IoT and ISO5001 tasks and DE5 produced “Use Case #33” for consortium review
WP6 – Demonstration
• Analysis on the four IDDS to create a standard library management server where the Pilot Owners will share the information to create the DTwin environment. The first approach is to validate the library structure with the virtual pilot applied to the Italian case."
Through these developments, SPHERE aims to achieve three overaching objectives within the building sector:
- 25% reduction in construction time
- 15% less energy demand during operational phase
- 25% less CO2 and GHG emissions in buildings
This will be achieved by aiming at several specific technical objectives:
- STO-01: Development & Integration of the Digital Twin System of Systems Architecture and Ontology and its releated process and stakeholders.
- STO-02: To integrate circular economy criteria into de decision taking process (including manufacturing).
- STO-03: Deelopment & integration of Technology System Applications to integrate Design & construction phases and smart tenders.
- STO-04: Development & Integration of Technology System Applications for the Operationl ^hase in Digital Twin Instances.
- STO-05: To demonstrate the Digital Twin Environment and its technologies and tools by deploying SPHERE’s PaaS and SaaS Apps (tools) into the renovation operations of our Pilot Residential Buildings in 3 different climate zones.
- STO-06: Scalability & Replication: to use project activities as a vehicle to attain the maximum post-project uptake of the project foreground and impact on the widest possible audience of EU worker and contractors, construction professionals & the general public.
Finally, SPHERE Project will implement all this within 4 different Demonstration Sites accross 4 different European countries: 2 new buildings and 2 renovation residential buildings in Finland, Austria, Italy and Netherlands, aiming at the following impacts:
Impact 1 – Buildings shortened construction time by 25% compared to current State of the art
Impact 2 – Construction cost reductions of at least 15% compared to current situation
Impact 3 – Reduction of the gap between predicted and actual energy consumption
Impact 4 – Reduction of CO2 by up to 25% of total life-cycle
Impact 5 – Improved indoor environment
Impact 6 – Significantly improved integration of the value chain
Impact 7 – Contribution to new standards and regulations
Impact 8 – Demonstration of large scale replicability potential
Social impact, jobs and training: the impact of SPHERE technologies is twofold: firstly, by bringing to the users, solutions such SPHERE that were out of reach for technical reasons and complexity will be brought closer to the final user which in turns, by its use, gets better training in energy efficiency. Secondly, by improving the quality of life of the inhabitants by providing much needed indoor environmental quality improvement. With regards to jobs, studies have shown that the highest impact in job creation from retrofitting activities is more dependent on the existence of appropriate awareness, business models, standards, regulation and incentives than on the existence of technologies. That is why SPHERE pursues standardisation, awareness, training and business modelling activities to untap the potential job creation which could reach the 2.6 million jobs in EU by 2030. Robust training activities in the form workshops and targeted training (Task 8.4) and in the form of technical data sheets (WPs 1-6) and exploitation-oriented literature (WPs 7-8) are used to boost replication potential.