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COMBINE

Objective

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 Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

Technische Universiteit Delft
Address
1,Stevinweg 1
2628 BL Delft
Netherlands

Participants (13)

Building Research Establishment (BRE)
United Kingdom
Address
Bucknall's Lane Garston
WD2 7JR Watford
Business Unit of TNO Built Environment and Geosciences
Netherlands
Address
Van Mourik Broekmanweg 6
2628 XE Delft
CENTRE SCIENTIFIQUE ET TECHNIQUE DU BATIMENT - CSTB
France
Address
4, Avenue Du Recteur Poincare
75782 Paris
Comité Scientifique et Technique des Industries Climatiques
France
Address
Domaine De Saint Paul
78470 Saint-rémy-lès-chevreuse
FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FORDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.*
Germany
Address
Fraunhofer Strasse 10
83626 Valley
NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND, GALWAY
Ireland
Address
University Road
90 Galway
PI-Consulting Ltd
Finland
Address
2,Myyrmäenraitti
01601 Vantaa
SBI - Statens Byggeforskningsinstitut
Denmark
Address
15,Dr. Neergaardsvej 15
2970 Hørsholm
Technical Research Centre of Finland
Finland
Address
5,Vuorimiehentie
02150 Espoo
UNIVERSITE DE LIEGE*ULG
Belgium
Address
Place Du 20 Aout 7
4000 Liege
UNIVERSITY COLLEGE DUBLIN
Ireland
Address
Belfield
4 Dublin
UNIVERSITY OF NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE
United Kingdom
Address

NE1 7RU Newcastle Upon Tyne
UNIVERSITY OF ULSTER
United Kingdom
Address
Cromore Road
BT52 1SA Coleraine