Wireless sensing for the built environment: enabling innovation towards greener, healthier homes

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

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Worldwide carbon reduction targets for the built environment are staggeringly ambitious. If they are to be achieved, orders of magnitude performance increases are required from HVAC systems, construction techniques and insulating materials. Given the limited understanding of many of the newer materials and techniques, objective measurement is fundamental to meeting these targets in time. This paper presents the case for a holistic approach to measurement within the built environment and shows how Wireless Sensor Networks (WSNs) are a prime candidate technology to support such an approach.

WSNs are readily enablers of understanding in domains characterised by spatio-temporal, multivariate complexity. Simple, portable and non-intrusive WSN systems, deployed for weeks or years, are powerful tools for empirical environmental and energy performance evaluation of occupied dwellings. Coupled with structured deployment processes and novel empirical evaluation metrics, WSNs enable, for old stock, focused actions towards reduced energy consumption, improved internal environment, lower maintenance costs and maintaining the cost viability of the building asset. They are equally valuable in the context of new builds, for generic and apportioned energy consumption evaluations against the delivered environmental quality and design expectations.

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

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