COMBINE is a first step to intelligent integrated building design. The objective is to provide a conceptional basis for the future integration of different tools, such as architectural modelling, emphasizing the integration of energy related aspects and to demonstrate these concepts through six design "prototypes".
Until now several attempts have been made to link Building performance Evaluation (BPE) tools (models for thermal behaviour of buildings, control, comfort, etc...) to Computer Aided Design (CAD) systems. These efforts however were inadequate to provide efficient design support. Therefore a group of 16 laboratories participating in the collaborative project COMBINE and a number of design practitioners will address this problem again.
The development of the Integrated Data Model (IDM) forms the backbone of the COMBINE effort. This model will provide an interface between a variety of BPE design tools, and will define and specify the selected six "prototype" tasks which each deal with an aspect of building design (CSTB, FNB, TPD, EdCAAD, VTT, TUD). This model must be conceptional close to the emerging AEC- STEP standard and reflects other European standardization work such as EUROCODE.
The documentation and uniform description of BPE tools (models for thermal behaviour of buildings, control, comfort, maintenance, passive cooling, etc.) is supervised by CSTB and BRE.
The DEMO task structures the involvement of design practitioners in COMBINE. This ensures an input and feedback from the daily practice of building design (all participants).
Six "prototypes" have been selected, each of which deals with an aspect of building design and contains one or more BPE. The integrated Data Model will be applied to these cases and will demonstrate the feasibility of the concept. The six "prototypes" are:
Construction design of external building elements (NCLE, BRE)
HVAC design (UCG, COSTIC)
Dimensional and functional organization of inner spaces (LEMA)
Input generation of a thermal simulation tool at a later stage (SBI, FIB)
L-T method in early design stage (EdCAAD, UCD)
Energy economic design (VTT, PI-C).
Funding SchemeCSC - Cost-sharing contracts
WD2 7JR Watford
NE1 7RU Newcastle Upon Tyne