Best Practice Solutions: Papyrus Digital Platform for Energy Efficiency Management in Construction Projects

We are pleased to announce that our Papyrus Converse-based Adaptive Case Management (ACM) solution for efficient energy management in construction projects has been published as a contribution to the anthology Business Process Management Cases Vol. 2 – Digital Transformation Strategy, Processes and Execution, which is a collection of best practices and use cases. Editors of this Springer book are the internationally renowned business process modelling scientists Jan vom Brocke, Jan Mendling and Michael Rosemann. 

About ACM

As we reported earlier, ACM is an important methodology fostering collaboration between people involved from different departments and organizations in a complex business workflow. Following the current user needs, it enables the process to evolve rather than restrict users to inflexible predefined workflows. In this context, ACM is complementing traditional BPM-paradigms with adaptivity to achieve true business flexibility within defined compliance boundaries.

Why is energy efficiency management for construction projects of importance?

The European Commission’s recent actions show a clear strategy for and commitment to supporting the achievement of the greenhouse gas emission goals defined in the Paris Agreement in December 2015, which 195 countries adopted as the first legally binding climate agreement. It states that meeting the agreement’s targets requires mitigating greenhouse gas emissions in the buildings sector. Energy efficiency in the building sector is key to supporting the transition to a low-carbon economy and contributing to meeting the goals of the Paris Agreement, as the building and housing sector alone accounts for 40% of European energy consumption and 36% of its greenhouse gas emissions.

Because of the construction industry’s heterogeneity in software products, data formats, companies’ internal procedures, and buildings themselves, strict business process models are difficult or even impossible to define and maintain during a building project’s life cycle.

The graphic depicts the challenge of the construction industry where different trades organized in teams have to collaborate across company boundaries to exchange digital building plans (IFC) and achieve a federated building model that can also be applied for energy calculations.

Our solution uses ACM to support the interorganizational processes and facilitate the building project’s management to accomplish energy efficiency goals. This way, stakeholders have the deviations from initially defined KPIs for each building plan iteration at their fingertips, which provides transparency and enables the right decisions towards fulfilling the KPIs.

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