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Periodic Report Summary 1 - SUPERB (Superior Performing Buildings (SuPerB) through colaborative Building Life Cycle Performance Opitimisation)

The SuPerB project aims to achieve collaborative stakeholder interaction for the purpose of optimised Building Life Cycle (BLC) performance analysis. The key objective of this project is the development of an interoperable Performance Framework Platform (PFP) that facilitates the definition and evaluation of building performance goals at different levels of granularity throughout the BLC. A key advantage of PFP is that it far exceeds existing performance framework implementations by synthesising required and available data to deliver customisable solutions for a multitude of life-cycle performance analysts. The platform does this by unifying data from sources available within organisations. The PFP will use a semantic web based data format to deliver an interoperable BLC platform that ensures optimum building performance. Additionally another key objective of SuPerB will also review how building performance can be optimized through the implementation of data analysis techniques on available building data. A number of data mining and machine learning techniques will be implemented on building data to produce actionable building performance information for relevant stakeholders.

The work performed to date in the project has focused on the development the PFP, development of RDF data adapters, a performance specification ontology and data analysis methodologies. These activities have led, so far, to the publication of two journal papers and ten conference papers.

From a socio-economic perspective the PFP has the potential to create highly skilled jobs in software development, building related data modelling and building related data analytics. In line with European and global trends, the methodologies and solutions developed within this SuPerB project will scale to assist the design and operation of sustainable communities, districts and cites.

A twitter page has been created, managed and updated that promotes the SuPerB project, while simultaneously raising awareness about energy efficiency in buildings. The project twitter account is available from:

The expected final results of the project will be: 1) a BLC performance optimisation methodology and process that use interoperable semantic web technologies and 2) new analytical techniques for working with large volumes of data produced over the BLC. Furthermore the BEPS and performance analysis MVDs will define standardised data definitions through which industry practioners can interact and leverage to deliver buildings that operate in line with design expectations.

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