SEMANTIC TOOLS FOR CARBON REDUCTION IN URBAN PLANNINGCo-funded by the European Commission within the 7th Framework ProgrammePlatformThe SEMANCO integrated platform provides access to widely dispersed energy relateddata about cities stored by many different organisations. In this way the project platform supports improved energy analysis based on the assessment of existing data rather than estimates. It does this using semantic data modelling that enables information stored in different formats and different places to be used to create a multi-level energy model of an urban area. That can be used to analyse the energy performance of buildings, neighbourhoods, districts and regions.ToolsBenefitsManresa, SpainSome of the most relevant technological outputs of the projectIntegrated platformDeliverablesPublicationsWikiCase studiesOntology editorOntology mapping toolNewcastle, United kingdom Copenhagen, DenmarkVisit the blogThe SEMANCO integrated platform has been developed for three cases of study. The data available in each area has been integrated using semantic technologies. Demonstration scenarios have been implemented in three cycles to test the functionalities of the platform's tools. The project activities at each case study are reported in the blogs.Project OutputsRecent news & eventsSEMANCO at the PTEC - Spanish Building Technological platform5th March 2014The SEMANCO project has been disseminated through the newsletter of the PTEC (the Spanish counterpart of the ECTP European Construction Technology Platform) .
13-14th February 2014 SEMANCO organised the 4th VoCamp which took place on Thursday 13th and Friday 14th of February 2014, at the Engineering and Architecture School La Salle Campus, Barcelona, Spain. This VoCamp focused on the application of ontologies to integrate multiple domains and scales in order to develop models of urban energy systems which help different actors -urban planners, consultants, policy makers, dwellers- to take better informed decisions to reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions in urban environmentsDetails of the results of the event will follow shortly. 4th VoCamp on "Integrating multiple domains and scales"4-6th March 2014SEMANCO was disseminated at EcoBuild 2014 the world’s leading event for sustainable design, construction, energy and the built environment. Over the two days approximately 20 demonstrations were provided to a range of delegates including architects, urban planners, students and other energy professionals.Further details of this event can be found on the Newcastle case study blog.SEMANCO at ECOBUILD 20147-8th May 2014SEMANCO will be presented at the green build expo in Manchester, UK, on the 7th and 8th of May. The Green Build Expo is a national energy efficiency conference which is attended by approximately 2,000 delegates with 200 exhibition stands on view. National Energy Action (NEA), are leading on the dissemination of SEMANCO at the conference by providing a presentation to approximately 40 delegates. In addition a demonstration area will be set up to allow conference delegates get up close and interact with the SEMANCO platform. SEMANCO at the Green Build Expo 2014
The SEMANCO platform includes a set of tools to visualise and analyse a city's energy data. The visualisation tools combine interactive 3d models, tables and diagrams to display energy related data. The analysis tools use data mining techniques to enable consultants, policy makers and planners to calculate energy performance indicators. These tools can be used to support informed public dialogues and decision making, based on a detailed analysis of many different possible options.
The open structure of the SEMANCO platform enables a city's energy model to be enhanced when new tools and/or data. This data may be generated by the platform tools or come from external data sources. For a given energy model, users can define their own key performance indicators. This combined with the open structure of the platform, offers the potential to adapt the services that provides to the needs of many clients, such as municipalities and city authorities, public and private development companies, financing institutions, public and private real estate companies, national and regional energy authorities, energy consultants and even national and European policy makers.