Adapt4EE Methodological Approach

Adapt4EE will deliver a holistic approach governing all energy related aspects of construction products (assets and facilities, occupants and processes, environmental conditions), establishing a dynamic, enterprise-wide perspective on how well construction resources and occupant activities are aligned with business needs, allowing for a complete evaluation and optimization of overall construction product energy performance at an early design phase, prior to realization. Furthermore, throughout most part of the project execution, the Adapt4EE individual modules and integrated framework will be trained and fine-tuned based on data collected through appropriately designed monitoring and acquisition processes from two distinct pilot areas, (a Hospital and a Multipurpose Office/Commercial Spaces). Furthermore, throughout the lifetime of the project, the overall framework and tools will be continuously and thoroughly evaluated in terms of modeling, simulation and energy performance predictive precision, energy gains as well as end user acceptance.

Overall Adapt4EE methodology

The project consists of five interrelated phases:

Phase one (1): Definition

The definition phase aims at establishing the main foundation on which the rest of the project will be based on. There underlying fundamental objectives of the definition phase are: 1) user requirements and user acceptance, 2) further requirements set by the specific business domains addressed by the project 3) degree of availability of technological solutions and implementation feasibility and finally 4) deployability of the Adapt4EE approach. A user-centered (UCD) approach and iterative development process with participation of the user in all phases will be applied to continuously guide and also validate project results.
The definition phase involves the following:

  • Identifying user & business requirements specifications based on real user requirements and the business domains addressed by the project, involves most importantly aspects of functionality, reliability and deployability.
  • Defining and guaranteeing that all ethical and legal issues related to the project research will be properly considered and any relevant conventions will be respected.
  • Identifying State of the Art technologies and tools relevant to the research & technological objectives set by the project, through research of existing technologies and tools available worldwide as well as from existing know-how of consortium partners.
    The main outcome of the definition phase will be a comprehensive set of user & business requirements specifications covering all research and development topics of the project.

Phase two (2): Framework Design

This phase takes off from the user requirements specifications and comprises a range of integrated, multidisciplinary research and technology tasks:

  • Identifying technology requirements from user requirements specifications is the first important task. Also basic requirements for technologies and tools needed to implement the Adapt4EE method should be identified.
  • Identifying current offerings encompass research of existing technologies available from consortium partners, from commercial off-the shelf vendors and from other EU, international and/or national research projects.
  • Identifying gaps and specifying research needs involves a comparison of needed and available technologies leading to a set of specifications for new research and development demands as well as a catalogue of Best Available Technologies for the Adapt4EE project.
  • Designing a prototype architectural framework involves performing conceptual design of the Adapt4EE framework, the core constituent modules as well as main high-level functional, technical and interoperability specifications. The framework will also take into account user as well as business requirements, thus allowing for possible future commercial exploitation of the Adapt4EE toolset.

Phase three (3): Prototyping, Individual Modules Implementation and System Integration

Building upon the main outcomes and guidelines of the Framework Design Phase, the current phase encompasses the realization of the Adapt4EE modules and integrated framework is possible, through the following main action lines:

  • Individual Components/Modules Design and Development involves the detailed design and development of various components. Prototypes are used both for experimental verification in the research phase and for integration into the Adapt4EE system.
  • Prototype Integration and Testing involves the integration of the Adapt4EE components into an integrated application framework and also perform initial tests (mostly against specifications) within the lab environment.

Phase four (4): Pilot Training, Evaluation

Due to the user centered (UCD) approach adopted by the Adapt4EE project, this phase will be run almost in parallel with all research and technological activities of the previous phase, and will focus on training, fine- tuning and validation of the Adapt4EE prototype framework as well as an overall project evaluation activities.

  • Simulation Model Training: during which the Adapt4EE individual modules and integrated framework will be trained and fine-tuned based on data collected through appropriately designed monitoring and acquisition processes from two distinct pilot areas, (a Hospital and a Multipurpose Office/Commercial Spaces).
  • Validation involves the almost continuous validation of the Adapt4EE, throughout the lifetime of the project, in terms of modeling, simulation and energy performance predictive precision, energy gains as well as end user acceptance.
  • Evaluation of the entire project and its achievements compared to the project objectives will be performed jointly by all partners and documented in the final project report. A special technology- watch report will discuss the Adapt4EE method and compare it with other available technologies on the market at that time.

Phase five (5): Project Management, Dissemination & Exploitation

This phase comprises all the horizontal, supporting activities of the project namely:

  • Project Management consisting of all administrative, scientific and technical management activities
  • Dissemination and Exploitation where the prototype and the Adapt4EE components will be used for specifically targeted exploitation activities by the consortium partners during and after the end of the project.

Work plan Structure

Last Update: 08/02/2012 16:20