Auto-Dan

Deploying Augmented intelligence solutions in EU buildings using Data analytics, an interoperable hardware/software Architecture and a Novel self-energy assessment methodology

Project Status: In Progress (Oct 2020 - Sept 2024)

Project Summary

Auto-DAN aims to enable homes and small businesses across the EU to optimize their energy consumption and provide an assessment of the live energy performance of a building, taking into account the quality of appliances/systems installed, user operational habits and the smart readiness of a building. The solution is rooted in augmented intelligence which will focus on the assistive role automation will have in buildings, emphasizing that cognitive technology is designed to enhance human intelligence rather than replace it and the occupant is a proactive component of the building. 

The project will deliver a framework that evaluates the actual energy performance of EU buildings and provide building users with the awareness to proactively optimize their energy use as follows:  

  • Smart Hardware Infrastructure - Adaptable hardware strategy that can be applied to all building types and features to ensure maximum replicability of the Auto-DAN solution.
  • Inter-operable Software Architecture - The data analysis platform iSCAN will be used as a foundation for self-optimizing and self-assessing EU buildings stock complemented by 2 analytical features that provide optimisation actions. Those features include (i) Digital Occupancy Model and a (ii) a Digital Twin. 
  • Self-Energy Assessment Framework - Generates an automated, dynamic and continuous energy performance assessment derived from the monitoring of the energy consumption at building level, dis-aggregated monitoring at an appliance/system level and incorporates existing EU energy regulations (e.g. EPBD, ECO Design, SRI, and Energy Labelling). 

IES' Role

IES are responsible for developing Digital Twin models of the different sets and applying Demand Response opportunities via the Digital Twin model and associated dashboards. The dashboards will alert the building user of actions they could take to save money or improve use of their energy generating assets. The Digital Twin will also be used to investigate different what-if scenarios for building renovation measures. Finally, based on the different test sites and associated models, IES will create a library of operational profiles for EU citizens’ usage of building appliances and systems, going beyond current outdated standards such as CIBSE or ASHRAE profiles.

Test Sites

  • 20 Domestic A-rated houses in Ballymun, Dublin 11, Ireland
  • 20 small businesses from Greenogue and Aerodrome Business Parks(GABP), Dublin 24, Ireland
  • Palazzo Terragni, Lissone, Italy
  • 15 targeted apartments & 2 offices from Delta Ecopolis Cooperative, Milan, Italy
  • Residencia Camino de Santiago, Avenida, Jose-Maria-Villacian Rebollo 6, Burgos, Spain
  • Vide BURGOS Foundation, Avenida, Cantabria 4, Burgos, Spain