In the course of the ECODISTR-ICT project, two prototypes of the Integrated Decision Support System (IDSS) for the sustainable and energy-efficient retrofitting of urban districts will be released.

The consortium is happy to announce that IDSS version 1.0 has successfully been developed: It contains all necessary functionalities to run the first demonstration of the IDSS. The work was organised in so-called ‘scrum sprints’ of 4 weeks. Scrums, a type of hackathons, are a form of organizational work creation in which a cross-functional team works together across multiple overlapping phases. For the development of the IDSS this flexible and holistic approach proved to be an intensive but fruitful way of organising the work process.

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Version 1.0 of the IDSS builds on the functional and technical design, as well as the Beta version of the IDSS. In the Beta version, a first step had been made by developing the Dashboard, the data upload functionality, the Inter-Model Broker (IMB) Communication Hub, the first connected (test) Modules and the connections between these system components.

Now, the prototype version 1.0 of the IDSS is able to support the complete decision process. In version 1.0, the developers were able to support the whole process from the problem analysis to comparing alternatives. Based on the requirements of the first case study in Rotterdam, a number of modules have been connected, covering several energy calculations, visualisation of geographical data and comparing design alternatives.


The first live demonstration of the IDSS will be run in June for the Rubroek neighbourhood in Rotterdam. The research team is confident that the IDSS version 1.0 will have a positive impact on the stakeholder engagement process in Rotterdam. Furthermore, feedback from the case study session will steer the development of the next IDSS versions in an interactive way. This will result in IDSS versions 1.1, 1.2 and 1.3.

Please find the full report of the IDSS prototype version 1.0 here: 


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