Proceedings of the 2022 European Conference on Computing in Construction


Towards semantic interoperability for demand-side management: a review of BIM and BAS ontologies

Flavia De Andrade Pereira 1,2, Conor Shaw 1, Susana Martín-Toral 2, Jose L. Hernández 2, Roberto Sanz Jimeno 2, Donal Finn 1, James O'Donnell 1
1 School of Mechanical Materials Engineering and UCD Energy Institute, University College Dublin, Ireland
2 CARTIF Technology Centre, Energy Division, Spain

DOI: 10.35490/EC3.2022.154
Abstract: Integration between Building Information Modelling (BIM) and Building Automation Systems (BAS) can provide valuable, accurate and real-time data and control for context-aware Demand-Side Management (DSM). Despite recent efforts to enable smart, efficient and grid-interactive buildings leveraging BIM and BAS, their interoperability remains limited. According to the literature, ontology-driven architectures provide a promising direction for enabling seamless data exchange. This review qualitatively analyses eight BIM and BAS ontologies to determine their suitability for context-aware DSM. By mitigating interoperability issues within DSM mechanisms, the use of ontologies can promote energy flexibility, environmental comfort, operational efficiency and reduced energy costs.
Keywords: Demand-side management, context-aware, ontology, building automation systems, building information modelling, interoperability

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