July 25, 2023
Digital Twin Consortium (DTC) published “The Why and the What of Digital Twin Building Performance and Sustainability: An Owner’s Perspective.” This guide is the first in five user guides designed to assist an owner or occupier with new or existing digital twin-based building decarbonization implementations throughout the lifecycle.
This first guide addresses such questions as “Why should we do this?” and “What are the objectives for sustainability, efficiency, resiliency, health, risk mitigation, performance, reliability, and accountability?”
“Many owners have set aggressive decarbonization, net-zero, and sustainability plans. These targets typically include goal setting such as achieving net-zero by 2030, erasing carbon footprint by 2050, and decarbonizing across global portfolios by region by specific calendar years,” says Dan Isaacs, general manager and chief technical officer of the DTC. “The new user guide can help building owners determine if they are aggressive enough in their strategies and approaches to achieve these targets and how digital twins can play an important role. “
“The Why and the What of Digital Twin Building Performance and Sustainability: An Owner’s Perspective” looks at the foundational elements necessary to optimize the performance of a built environment to reduce environmental impact, DTC notes. The user guide shows how a digital twin can help building owners develop a roadmap and implement solutions to lower the building’s environmental impact, ensuring sustainability for generations. The guide also discusses digital twins’ positive effects in optimizing long-term building performance, according to DTC.
The DTC Architecture, Engineering, Construction, and Operations Working Group (AECO) Working Group wrote the guides to offer more detail after publication of the whitepaper: “Decarbonizing the Built World: A Call to Action,” which outlines how to reduce carbon emissions using performance-based digital twins. DTC will publish the remaining user guides throughout the summer.
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