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Tested prototype of the ExperIn the market of energy simulation and monitoring solutions, there is not one solution that incorporates these both aspects of energy efficiency into one (software) solution. Additionally, tools that do offer aspect solutions within energy efficiency are almost exclusively aimed at energy experts. Finally, a common problem relating to energy efficiency is the mismatch between energy simulation and the actual energy performance of the building in practice. Within ENGINENCY, the so-called Expert System aims to address these issues through one, holistic, software solution.

This software solution integrates the outcomes from initial Expert System requirements (Deliverable 2.1), demonstration cases, pre-commercial agreements and business cases and the commercialization plan (Deliverable 6.4) into its conceptual development, yielding the following primary conceptual characteristics:
- The Expert System should provide insight on top-level data used for day-to-day steering and monitoring, as well as reporting to non-expert stakeholders.
- If necessary, the Expert System should provide access to detailed underlying ENGINENCY tools aimed at energy experts.
- Conceptually, the Expert System can be characterized as heterogeneous and connected through interfaces. These interfaces provide the exchange of information between detailed ENGINENCY tools and the Expert System, as well the foundation for decoupling, genericity and flexibility to incorporate different software tools.


The Expert System is based on Microsoft SharePoint 2013 technology, a CMS that was deemed to have the right balance between out-of-the-box functionalities answering the conceptual requirements on one hand, and customizability to be able to incorporate all the necessary functionality on the other hand. SharePoint lists and libraries were used as a vehicle for data definition and storage, while the standard web technologies (HTML, CSS, JavaScript) were used for visualization. The connecting ‘shackle’ between these decoupled aspects is formed by XSLT-templates, ensuring customizability on one hand and genericity on the other hand.


The data that is required for the Expert System functionalities is fed to the software application by underlying detailed tools such as ICM’s BMS, UVIGO’s BCORE and DEMO Consultants’ RE Suite, highlighting the holistic and collaborative nature of the Expert System.


Considering the compliance with the objectives as defined at the outset, the collaboration with other consortium partners, the thoroughly conceptualized technological architecture, the emphasis on flexibility, genericity and configurability, and the validation through demonstration cases and pre-commercial agreements, we are convinced that the Expert System represents the pre-commercial holistic software product that was envisioned in ENGINENCY.

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