Digital twins are an essential tool in addressing the current climate crisis, presenting exciting opportunities to achieve zero carbon targets and promote sustainable, healthier buildings. In the built environment, a live digital twin of a physical building responds and behaves like their real world counterpart (as we are doing here at IES with our ICL technology), and it connects groups of buildings together with energy and transport systems. They can function as problem-solvers and provide decision support information needed to improve performance, influence future building design and reduce risk.
Our digital twins use a unique combination of physics based simulation, AI and machine learning to make real-time performance optimisation of built environment assets become a reality.
Using AI and machine learning to provide alarms and alerts
Use simulation to fill data gaps
By understanding where to focus attention
Test ways to improve your community
Create and share visually informative information
Use AI to optimise present and future community sustainability
Riverside Museum, Glasgow
Eday, Orkney Islands
Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore
Trent Basin, Nottingham
Dundalk Institute of Technology, Dundalk
With so many Net-Zero targets now set, the question is how do we ensure we reach them? Our experience over the last 25 years, in improving the performance of countless buildings, is that decarbonisation is very possible and readily achievable through Digital Twin technology that engages and empowers all to make a difference.
The New Environmental Digital Twin
The Intelligent Communities Lifecycle (ICL) provides new cutting-edge digital twin technology that connects distributed energy networks, renewables, master plans, building design, operation and retrofit.
Our technology is making it possible to bridge the gap between the real world and simulation to enable the energy efficient design and continuous operational optimisation of not just single but entire groups of buildings.
Linking IOT data, sensor readings, OpenData or any other data source into one interconnected platform, the ICL enables investigation of built environment performance at any level.
Explore our latest thoughts, insights and resources on digital twins and their applications within the built environment.
Creating Zero Carbon Communities: The Role of Digital Twins
How construction technology could solve the climate emergency