The importance of the ‘digital twin’ in enhancing building performance

In today’s world, where efficiency and sustainability are essential, building optimization is constantly increasing in importance.
Source: PAUL Tech AG

Older buildings, particularly those not built with modern, energy-efficient technologies, have enormous potential for optimization. Here, the ‘digital twin’ comes into play as a crucial transformative technology in retrofit building optimization.

But what is a digital twin exactly?

A digital twin is a virtual representation of a physical object or system, in our case a building. It uses real-time data and algorithms to simulate the behavior and performance of a real building. This enables precise performance analysis and forecasting of the building under different scenarios.

Digital twins enable building managers to determine inefficient systems, guiding targeted investments that can quickly pay for themselves through energy savings. Real-time monitoring and analysis of energy use, heating, ventilation and other systems significantly cut the building’s ecological footprint.

In addition, a digital twin enables scenario simulations that minimize business interruptions and streamline implementations.

The ongoing data flow from the digital twin enables facility managers to make informed decisions to enhance building performance and occupant satisfaction.

The digital twin is more than just an innovative technology, it is a crucial tool for the future of building optimization.

In the field of retrofitting, digital twins offer invaluable real-time analyzes and optimization of a building’s condition and performance. This technology paves the way for more efficient, cost-effective and sustainable buildings and contributes significantly to environmental protection.

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