Interactive 3D simulation tool for Energy Efficiency in Buildings

Authors: Álvaro Segura and Sabine Delaitre and Igor García

Date: 16.09.2012


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Abstract

Buildings are responsible for 40% of energy consumption and 36% of CO2 emissions in the EU. Energy performance of buildings may be regarded as a key driver to achieve the EU Climate & Energy objectives, namely the reduction of a 20% of the greenhouse gases emissions and a 20% energy savings by 2020. In this context the EnEf project was established aiming to improve energy efficiency in buildings by creating an online multilingual e-learning platform for energy efficient building. One of the most innovative aspects of the platform is the inclusion of a real-time and interactive 3D simulation which complements the theoretical knowledge contained in the learning modules. The simulation presents a virtual 3D building that can be visualized interactively, hiding or showing its different parts to reveal internal elements. At any type the user can set the environmental conditions and modify building features such as the presence of renewable energy sources (solar, wind, geothermal), glazing types, roof insulation, heating type, lighting, etc. Based on these variables the simulation calculates in real time the state of the building and represents it in graphical indicators of energy consumption, heat losses and energy generation. This paper describes the development of the learning platform emphasizing the Web3D-based virtual interactive model of a building.

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author = {Álvaro Segura and Sabine Delaitre and Igor García},
title = {Interactive 3D simulation tool for Energy Efficiency in Buildings},
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Energy efficient building; e-learning; Web3D and simulation; education on smarter use of energy.
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abstract = {
Buildings are responsible for 40% of energy consumption and 36% of CO2 emissions in the EU. Energy performance of buildings may be regarded as a key driver to achieve the EU Climate & Energy objectives, namely the reduction of a 20% of the greenhouse gases emissions and a 20% energy savings by 2020. In this context the EnEf project was established aiming to improve energy efficiency in buildings by creating an online multilingual e-learning platform for energy efficient building. One of the most innovative aspects of the platform is the inclusion of a real-time and interactive 3D simulation which complements the theoretical knowledge contained in the learning modules. The simulation presents a virtual 3D building that can be visualized interactively, hiding or showing its different parts to reveal internal elements. At any type the user can set the environmental conditions and modify building features such as the presence of renewable energy sources (solar, wind, geothermal), glazing types, roof insulation, heating type, lighting, etc. Based on these variables the simulation calculates in real time the state of the building and represents it in graphical indicators of energy consumption, heat losses and energy generation. This paper describes the development of the learning platform emphasizing the Web3D-based virtual interactive model of a building.
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date = {2012-09-16},
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