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ORNL's Simulation Tool Creates Digital Twins of Buildings From Coast to Coast

By Oak Ridge National Laboratory

August 16, 2021

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Modeling software designed by researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) can simulate the energy profiles of all 129 million buildings in the U.S.

The researchers developed the Automatic Building Energy Modeling (AutoBEM) software suite to realize ORNL's five-year Model America vision of producing digital twins for all U.S. buildings.

AutoBEM uses high-performance computing to collect publicly available data like satellite imagery and street views, then generates a building energy model to forecast which energy-saving technologies could be implemented.

ORNL's Joshua New said, "Before this program, no one had the capability to perform that analysis with detailed, building-specific energy modeling at this scale. Individual utilities now have the capability to perform modeling to show the potential of reducing demand and greenhouse gas emissions."

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