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Smart Anything Everywhere

Cyber-Physical Systems Engineering Labs is part of the Smart Anything Everywhere initiative.

This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 644400.

CPSBuDi (Multidisciplinary design of Cyber-Physical Systems for smart energy control in Buildings and Districts)

Problem and solution

Buildings are responsible for 40% of energy consumption and 36% of CO2 emissions in the EU. The CPSBuDi project aimed to reduce this by providing tools to help improve the design of control systems in buildings, especially energy-related control systems such HVAC (heating, ventilating, and air conditioning) systems. These tools allow a multi-disciplinary approach to the design of energy-aware smart buildings. Multi-disciplinary modelling and simulation of these systems will provide integrated analysis of the building design, energy supply/demand and control algorithms. The project combined a domain-specific modelling and simulation tools from the building domain (EnergyPlus) with tools for designing control systems (Overture) using a tool called Crescendo. The combined tools were evaluated on a real case study from an EU initiative called REnnovates.

How did CPSE Labs Help?

The experiment provided the means for the experimenters to collaborate and explore new avenues as a consortium, which has continued after the experiment finished. The UK Design Centre at Newcastle University brought expertise in modelling with Overture from a range of domains, and expertise on tool integration with Crescendo.


LKS will develop a new service for designing or renovating buildings to perform better energy simulations. This will include analysing design alternatives, and customising the simulations to include additional variables. ULMA Embedded Solutions will apply the model-to-code transformation capabilities that they have acquired to improve their services in customer projects, and will exploit the UML/SysML Rhapsody plug-in. Mondragon Unibertsitatea will use results to enhance courses in Computer Science and Telecommunication Engineering courses at Bachelor's level, in Embedded Systems at Master's level, and developing industry courses.

The experimenters are working on an optimization tool based on the prototype developed in the experiment. The goal of the optimization tool will be to analyze automatically different design alternatives for a given building and select the most optimal one. Such a tool could have a wide impact on both new and renovated buildings.


The results of the experiments are available online.

The main results of the experiment are the tools and their evaluation in a real case study, specifically:

  • A prototype that integrates EnergyPlus simulator and Crescendo.
  • Integration of Overture and EnergyPlus using Functional Mock-Up Interface standard; and
  • A rhapsody plug-in for transforming UML/SysML Rhapsody models into Overture models.

The following dissemination activities have been carried out:

  • CPSE Labs dissemination event in Trondheim on September 2016 (co-located with SAFECOMP conference).
  • IoT Planet trade show in Grenoble, October 2016.
  • 4th International Women4Energy Conference 2016, Stuttgart, Germany.
  • Digital Innovation Forum (DIF) 2017
  • MUniversitas, the official journal of the Mondragon Unibertsitatea, Spring 2017
  • CPS Summer School at Sibiu, Romania, July 2017.
  • Leire Etxeberria, Felix Larrinaga, Urtzi Markiegi, Aitor Arrieta, Goiuria Sagardui Enabling Co-Simulation of Smart Energy Control Systems for Buildings and Districts. In ETFA'2017, 22nd IEEE International Conference on Emerging Technologies And Factory Automation (Limassol, Cyprus, September 2017)
Design centre

This experiment is supported by our UK design centre

UK design centre

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1st Jun 2016 - 31st Oct 2017
Funded under: CPSE Labs Call 2