Inferring knowledge from building monitoring systems: the case for wireless sensing In residential buildings

Elena I. Gaura*, James Brusey, Ross Wilkins, John Barnham

*Corresponding author for this work

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The built environment offers the Wireless Sensor Networks (WSNs) research and commercial communities, potentially, the best set of applications yet, in terms of market size, revenue and strength of the business cases. The merits of using WSNs, however, to routinely perform empirical evaluations of old and new building stock have not been, as yet, fully appreciated by the domain's specialists (developers, construction contractors, surveyors, stock owners/users and regulatory bodies). It is hypothesised here that, in spite of their technological suitability, evident ability to generate vast amounts of data and commercial readiness, WSNs success (and thus their adoption) as tools for the built environment relies on negotiating the data to knowledge gap. The paper proposes a number of empirical metrics for holistic assessment of stock performance in terms of its heating and cooling systems, fabric and estimated occupant comfort. The metrics were developed iteratively in consultation with built environment practitioners.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationClean Technology 2011 : bioenergy, renewables, storage, grid, waste and sustainability
Subtitle of host publicationtechnical proceedings of the 2011 CTSI Clean Technology and Sustainable Industries Conference and Expo
EditorsM. Laudon, B. Romanowicz
Place of PublicationBoston, MA
PublisherCRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9781439881897
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes
EventCTSI Clean Technology and Sustainable Industries Conference and Expo, Clean Technology 2011 - Boston, United States
Duration: 13 Jun 201116 Jun 2011


ConferenceCTSI Clean Technology and Sustainable Industries Conference and Expo, Clean Technology 2011
CountryUnited States


  • WSN
  • Built Environment
  • Energy Performance
  • Occupant Comfort
  • Metrics

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