A Framework for Fully Automated Performance Testing for Smart Buildings

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A significant proportion of energy consumption by buildings worldwide, estimated to ca. 40%, has yielded a high importance to studying buildings’ performance. Performance testing is a mean by which buildings can be continuously commissioned to ensure that they operate as designed. Historically, setup of performance tests has been manual and labor-intensive and has required intimate knowledge of buildings’ complexity and systems. The emergence of the concept of smart buildings has provided an opportunity to overcome this restriction. In this paper, we propose a framework for automated performance testing of smart buildings that utilizes metadata models. The approach features automatic detection of applicable performance tests using metadata queries and their corresponding instantiation, as well as continuous commissioning based on metadata. The presented approach has been implemented and tested on a case study building at a university campus in Denmark.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThird International Congress on Information and Communication Technology : ICICT 2018, London
EditorsXin-She Yang, Simon Sherratt, Nilanjan Dey, Amit Joshi
Publication dateOct 2018
ISBN (Print)978-981-13-1164-2
ISBN (Electronic)978-981-13-1165-9
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2018
EventInternational Congress on Information and Communication Technology - London, United Kingdom
Duration: 27. Feb 201828. Feb 2018


ConferenceInternational Congress on Information and Communication Technology
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
Internet address
SeriesAdvances in Intelligent Systems and Computing


  • Building metadata models
  • Building performance testing
  • Continuous commissioning
  • Energy efficiency
  • Smart buildings


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