Simulation based control for Energy Efficiency

Simulation based control for Energy Efficiency building operation and maintenance. Energy INTIME Project

The Energy IN TIME project, Simulation based control for Energy Efficiency building operation and maintenance, is funded by the EU 7th Framework program. The project started last October and has an estimated duration of four years. The Energy IN TIME Consortium, led by ACCIONA, is composed of thirteen enterprises from different nature and nationality.

With the global goal on improving the Energy Efficiency, the Energy IN TIME project will develop a smart energy control method in the building energy management systems based on simulation tools, allowing the energy consumption reduction during the operation stage in existing non-residential buildings.


The Energy IN TIME tool will permit the automatic generation of optimal operational plans for the HVAC systems in the buildings being adjusted to the particular building characteristics and needs. The tool will be able to be operated in a remote and automatic way.

In order to materialize this approach, Energy IN TIME will combine different techniques:

  • Advanced Simulation models: virtual representations of the building behaviour, continuously updated.
  • Simulation based control: of the building energy performance, self-adaptable to the building-user actual conditions
  • Continuous Commissioning: a based method will be developed by combining advanced monitoring, fault detection, diagnosis and adaptive tools. This will lead to operation, detecting and implementing corrective measures and predictive maintenance strategies.
  • Medium-long term decisions support tool: trend analysis by data mining techniques implemented in user-friendly tool.

The Project will be validated on four existing buildings: an Airport, two different office buildings and in a Hotel. The demo-sites are located in different geographical European zones with different building use. By doing so it will be allowed to evaluate the scope and the tool adaptation to diverse scenarios



48 months.

October 2013 to October de 2017.



  • Centro de Investigación de Recursos y Consumos Energéticos
  • Universidad de Granada
  • Fundación Universitaria Iberoamericana


  • ANA Aeroportos de Portugal S.A.


  • Université du Lorraine
  • Centre Scientifique et Technique du Bâtiment


  • Cork Institute of Technology
  • United Technologies Research Centre Ireland

United Kingdom

  • Integrated Environmental Solutions


  • Institutul de Cercetari Electrotehnice


  • Caverion Suomi Oy

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