A collaborative platform integrating multi-physical and neighborhoodaware building performance analysis driven by the optimized HOLISTEEC building design methodology

H. Pruvost & R. J. Scherer, K. Linhard & G. Dangl, S. Robert & D. Mazza, A. Mediavilla Intxausti, D. Van Maercke, E. Michaelis & G. Kira, T. Häkkinen, E. Delponte & C. Ferrando

The paper presents the technical developments made in the course of the HOLISTEEC project. HOLISTEEC is an EU FP7 project whose objective is to first, formalize a new optimized building design methodology, and second, to develop the software platform and modules that implement that design methodology. The paper focuses on the developments made on that software infrastructure that shall at the end of the project provide a BIM-based collaborative platform supporting the optimization of the building design in terms of performances and also enhancing the building design process itself. As an important driver for that optimized methodology the project sets a focus on the consideration of interactions between the building and its neighborhood as well as multi-physical aspects including energy, acoustics, lighting and environmental impact. Download

An integrated platform for collaborative performance efficient building design: the case of HOLISTEEC project

Davide Mazza, Klaus Linhard, Asier Mediavilla, Eberhard Michaelis, Hervé Pruvost, Mirka Rekkola

HOLISTEEC is a EU FP7 project which objective is to design, develop, and demonstrate a collaborative building design software platform, featuring advanced support for multi-criteria building optimization. Conceptual phases of the design process are the ones addressed, taking into account external and neighbourhood-level influences. The platform offers, among other services, a unified IFC-compliant data model for BIM, a set of multi-physical simulation engines to evaluate the performances of the designed building at the different steps of the conceptual phases, and an open infrastructure for building design interoperability based on available standards. The design of this platform has relied and still relies on feedbacks by domain experts and on the currently adopted business models, while enabling at the same time a renewed and enhanced design process, to take current practices one step forward for an improved flexibility, effectiveness, and competitiveness. This article presents the state of the works of the HOLISTEEC project to day as well as the functional and technical details about the features offered by the platform. Download

The HOLISTEEC platform for building design optimization: an overview

S. Robert, D. Mazzam, A. M. Intxausti, C. Guigou, J. Martin, H. Pruvost, R. Scherer, C. Ferrando, E. Delponte

This paper proposes an overview of the design of the HOLISTEEC platform for optimized building design. HOLISTEEC is an EU-funded project, planned for a duration of four years and started in October 2013, which main objective is to design, develop, and demonstrate a BIM-based, on-the-cloud, collaborative building design software platform, featuring advanced design support for multi-criteria building optimization. The HOLISTEEC platform design proposes to implement a 3-layer approach, in order to enable for a better separation of concerns between low-level data modelling issues and, high-level functional and business issues. The design relies on a combination of proven data modelling standards and tools, in order to ensure the best effectiveness and to cover the widest spectrum of functions. Download

Energy-related KPIs at building and neighborhood scale for optimization of building’s design

C. Ferrando, E. Delponte, M. Di Franco, S. Robert,C. Guigou

The aim of this paper is to present a novel building design methodology together with the related KPIs system, defined in order to assess building performance over the whole design process. A general overview of the project in which the aforementioned methodology has been developed is herein presented, followed by the description of a common understanding of the KPIs system in the assessment of a process performance so that to introduce the building performance related KPIs. The evaluation framework proposed within a novel building design methodology and its aim to define a global assessment scheme is presented in terms of energetic, environmental, social and economic KPIs both at building and neighborhood scale, showing the mutual impact and interaction between building and the neighboring urban area. Additionally, the main features of the multi-criteria analysis (foreseen within the proposed methodology) as a tool to enable reliable and holistic assessment on design choices and based on the defined KPIs set, are briefly summarized. Download

Holistic and Optimized Life-cycle Integrated Support for Energy-Efficient Building Design and Construction: HOLISTEEC methodology

E. Delponte, C. Ferrando, M. Di Franco, T. Hakkinen & M. Rekola, G. Abdalla, P.Casaldàliga, C. Pujols Ortiz & A. Lopez Vega, Shen-Guan Shih

The HOLISTEEC project aims at designing, developing, and demonstrating a BIM-based, on-the-cloud, collaborative building design software platform, featuring advanced design support for multi-criteria building optimization. In the framework of HOLISTEEC project, the first step towards the optimization of the overall building design process is put forward in this paper and corresponds to the definition of a "full life-cycle aware" novel design methodology. This methodology, after being properly validated, will constitute the basis for the implementation of a BIM infrastructure suitable for the development of dedicated design evaluation tools (i.e. architectural, structural, acoustic, energy, lighting and environmental calculation engines), providing grounded feedback to the design and a multi-criteria decision tool for selecting the optimal design solution. Download