BAWebConTest - Building Automation system improvement through Web-based open-source Control strategy Testing environments

  Architecture of the BAWebConTest Web-Service Framework Copyright: EBC

In newly constructed buildings, the desired energy efficiency is often not achieved. Methods that improve the development and implementation process of construction projects, especially system integration, can have a direct positive effect on the energy efficiency and sustainability of buildings. The same applies to methods that enable error detection and subsequent correction in automation systems of existing buildings. The main objective of this project is to enable as many users as possible to exploit energy efficiency potentials in the building sector by providing a flexible and intuitively usable test environment, implemented as an open and free web service. The test environment contains two main mechanisms: first, the comparison of the system under test (SUT) with a reference system and second, the application of the SUT to a virtual controlled system. Both mechanisms assume that the widest possible range of disturbance and reference variables is applied to the SUT and, if necessary, to the reference system. The aim is to generate scenarios that are as critical as possible in which the SUT shows the worst performance. These scenarios are the ones that should be reviewed later in order to improve the SUT accordingly. In order to make the test environment accessible to all users and at the same time intuitive to use, it is implemented as a web service. This service is hosted on a server accessible from the internet and can be used, for example, via an API. This means that the test environment can be used independently of the system on which the SUT is implemented and no complex installation of software on the user's system is required.

 
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We would like to thank the BMWi (Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy) for its financial support, grant no. 03EN1014A.