SmartBuilds: An Energy and Power Simulation Framework for Buildings and Districts

Document Type

Conference Proceeding



Format of Original

8 p.

Publication Date



Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers

Source Publication

Energy Conversion Congress and Exposition (ECCE)

Source ISSN


Original Item ID

doi: 10.1109/ECCE.2015.7310604


We introduce a district level multiple buildings energy and power simulation framework. At the building level, the proposed simulation framework, SmartBuilds, leverages Energy-Plus as the core simulation engine for building energy assessment, thereby benefiting from the capabilities of a widely accepted and used state-of-the-art modeling tool. Building models may include batteries for energy storage and renewable energy generators: PV arrays and wind turbines. At the district level, one of the main goals is to provide a versatile platform for the simulation and optimization of the interaction between the electric grid and buildings as well as of the interaction between buildings. Because buildings can participate in intelligent social-like activities through which energy tokens/budgets can be exchanged, the tools provides collective optimization opportunities beyond the usual techniques applied at building level. The paper introduces SmartBuilds' architecture and demonstrates its usefulness in scenarios where multiple buildings are simulated concurrently to asses and seek operating schedules for battery energy storage systems that minimize the overall energy consumption at the district level.


Published as part of the proceedings of the conference, Energy Conversion Congress and Exposition (ECCE) 2015: 6747-6754. DOI.