In a research cooperation, VRVis and InPlan are working on a visualization and simulation tool to optimize the energy design for buildings. For their innovative project they have received one of this year´s eAwards.
On October 16 2023, VRVis researcher Andreas Walch and Herbert Raab of the Viennese engineering office InPlan received this year´s eAward in the category "Sustainability and Smart Data". (C) Report Verlag/Milena Krobath
Andreas Walch and Herbert Raab from InPlan together with his team are working on a software tool that uses simulation and visualization to significantly improve the energy planning of buildings.
VRVIs and InPlan combine Buidling Information Modeling (BIM) and Building Energy Modeling (BEM ). They set an important development step in digitalized energy planning in the building sector; greater energy efficiency also implies greater sustainability.
Together with the Federal Chancellery´s platform Digital Austria, the publishing specialist Report honors innovative IT projects from business, administration and start-ups with the eAward. InPlan and VRVis were selected in the current call and won this years eAward in the category "Sustainability and Smart Data".
In their joint project, Andreas Walch of the VRVis research group Geospatial Visualization, Semantic Modeling and Acquisition and the engineers of InPlan team up to develop an interactive software tool that combines energy planning of buildings with Building Information Modeling (BIM) and digital twins. The resulting visualization and simulation solution supports stakeholders from building physics and technology in designing houses and facilities to be as energy-efficient as possible. The focus lies on heating, air conditioning, ventilation and sanitation. The aim of this software tool is to automatically record geometry, component structures and spatial relationships in real time and to optimize interventions for thermal insulation, solar protection, heating or cooling, among other things.
Around half of the energy consumption in Austria is due to the heating requirements of buildings. Interventions for cooling during the summer months are also becoming increasingly important. Improvements in energy efficiency in both new and refurbished buildings are not only beneficial in terms of cost, but also make a decisive contribution to sustainability.