Great news for TwinAIR Consortium!
IES R&D has submitted an abstract that got accepted and TwinAIR project is going to be presented in “Sustainable Places 2023” conference, which is going to take place in Madrid, Spain on the 14th, 15th and 16th of June 2023.
The abstract has been submitted under the category “Digitalization, Smartness, and Artificial Intelligence” and will be presented as an oral presentation, physically during the conference.
The abstract titled “TwinAIR: Leveraging Digital Twins to Digitise and Optimise Indoor Air Quality for Occupant Health and Wellbeing” is the following:
Human exposure to poor air quality is a leading risk factor to human health, with the World Health organisation reporting that poor air quality caused 4.2 million deaths in 2016 alone. With the average European spending approximately 90% of their time indoors, the importance of Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) on human wellbeing is becoming increasingly important, particularly when considering how this can now be linked to economic metrics such as labour productivity levels. Productivity losses associated with sick building syndrome, for example, which is directly correlated with poor IAQ, is estimated to cost the US economy up to $70bn per year. Furthermore, the importance of high quality IAQ has been further highlighted through the Covid-19 pandemic, with workers having more stringent demands on the air quality within their offices prior to returning to in-person working, providing a further challenge for employers to encourage their workforce to return to the office. The Horizon Europe-funded TwinAIR project intends to introduce a first of its kind technological solution to improve IAQ in a wide spectrum of indoor living activities (residents, workplaces, transportation, hospitals, etc) while investigating how air pollutants in indoor spaces can adversely affect the health of the people inhabiting them, to support public health through community awareness and policy making. Although the project intends to investigate and address a far ranging and multi-disciplinary number of objectives, specifically TwinAIR will involve the adaptation of best in class digital twin technologies to widen their scope and facilitate the modelling of indoor air contaminants, their transfer mechanisms and rate of decay within buildings, introducing a multi-level digital twin for real time air quality data utilization and response enhancement to ensure optimal air conditions, comfort and wellbeing. This will provide the end user with the functionality to create virtual monitoring points within their building or within a specific zone, enabling the virtual sensing of contaminant concentrations at any location in a building without the requirement for complex and costly physical sensor, while unlocking other services, including the Intelligent Building Controller for IAQ, enabling users to gain operational efficiencies in their buildings without compromising IAQ and to prioritise scheduling of maintenance activities, for example. As the project has kicked off in the last ten months, this presentation will present the TwinAIR project, its overarching context and goals as well as its technological ambitions. Early stage progress towards the technology solutions will be discussed as well as the next steps.
You can find more information regarding the conference on its official website: https://www.sustainableplaces.eu/