iBECOME is a Horizon 2020 project which aims at demonstrating a combination of novel technologies and new business models in the form of a virtual Building Management System (vBMS) for optimizing buildings energy performance and comfort conditions, while reducing the operational costs by leveraging demand response.

The vBMS will utilise both physics-based dynamic building simulation and data-based ML techniques to optimise thermal and visual comfort, energy performance and flexibility while its openness will be accommodating 3rd parties to make use of its functionalities and data to provide additional type of services. Smart meters and smart thermostats along other ICT technologies (e.g. IoT devices) enable the deployment of those services to any building and facility.

The main motivation behind iBECOME is the need to address the inefficiencies of existing buildings and facilities either because of underperforming existing BMS or because they are small enough so as to not be equipped with BMS. In such buildings the deployment of the iBECOME solution will allow essential energy savings and comfort improvements at very low cost but also provide the ability to tap into the emerging markets of additional services (e.g. demand response).

“This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement no. 894617”.