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Artificial intelligence will optimize heating systems in apartment buildings

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Heating apartments with low-temperature district heating – that is the goal of a new project that will revolutionize the operation of apartment buildings' heating systems for the benefit of residents, the district heating network and the green transition. Innovation Fund Denmark is investing DKK 9.2 million in the project.

Artificial intelligence and data from millions of wireless heat distribution meters must make it possible to optimize heating systems in apartment buildings. A new, ground-breaking project called HeatCheck will give building owners the opportunity to operate their heating systems with unprecedented efficiency and help with the green transition in the district heating network.


- The combination of data from existing distribution meters and newly developed tools will give building owners an unprecedented opportunity to operate their heating systems efficiently. It is necessary when district heating slowly lowers the temperature in the coming years. The savings potential is billions of euros across the EU, says project manager Christian Anker Hviid, associate professor at DTU Construct.

The explanation must be found in the use of the current heating systems in apartment buildings. Often the heating systems operate at higher temperatures than necessary, because the actual need cannot be determined in the individual apartments.

Using advanced AI-powered methods with data from millions of heat distribution meters, HeatCheck aims to accurately predict the required supply temperatures for each radiator and apartment building, which will lead to significant energy savings and increased efficiency in radiator systems and district heating networks.

The AI-powered services being developed in HeatCheck include:

  • Automatic detection and diagnosis of faulty heating systems, providing operating personnel with information on the likely cause and location of problems
  • Optimized control strategies with minimal flow temperatures, simplifying the work of the operating staff and allowing them to solve problems in a targeted manner.

At least 30 'living lab' case buildings will be used to develop and demonstrate the effectiveness of these services.

Partners in the project:

  • Aalborg Heating A/S
  • Andelsboligforeningen Beringsgaard
  • Boligselskabet Sjælland
  • Brunata A/S
  • Center Denmark Drift ApS
  • Technical University of Denmark
  • District heating Horsens A/S
  • HOFOR A/S (Capital Region's Supply Company)
  • ISTA Danmark A/S
  • KAB smba
  • Techem Danmark A/S
  • Institute of Technology


  • Innovation Fund Denmark's investment: DKK 9,274,397
  • Total budget: DKK 15,163,496
  • Duration: 3.5 years
  • Official title: HeatCheck - AI-driven optimal heating of apartment buildings

HeatCheck value chain