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02 April 2019 | Posted by Editorial Team IAR


After three and a half years of intense work, the OPTEEMAL project – co-funded by the H2020 research programme – held its final review meeting in Brussels on March 28, 2019. The meeting was attended by 26 researchers representing 13 organizations of 8 European countries, among them Álvaro Sicilia and Gonçal Costa, representing the research group ARC Engineering and Architecture La Salle. 

 OptEEmAL has developed a platform to design energy efficient retrofitting projects that are based on a catalogue of retrofitting measures which are applied to the buildings to improve energy performance on a district scale. The solutions proposed by the platform represent a reduction in the length of the design process and an improvement in the efficiency of the adopted measures as compared to business-as-usual practices. 

ARC has led the work package Ontology-based District Data Model and data repository. The main contribution of ARC researchers has been to develop a district data model which includes BIM, CityGML and other data sources such as climate and energy equipment. This integration has been carried out with Semantic Web technologies to ensure the interoperability between the platform components. 

The achievements of the project were presented to the project officer and the evaluator expert. After presenting the overall project progress, the consortium gave a demonstration of the platform operation. Thereafter, the latest developments in all the project work packages and the final achievements were presented. The evaluators concluded that the project had achieved the expected objectives.


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