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.
|Title of host publication||Clean Technology 2011 : bioenergy, renewables, storage, grid, waste and sustainability|
|Subtitle of host publication||technical proceedings of the 2011 CTSI Clean Technology and Sustainable Industries Conference and Expo|
|Editors||M. Laudon, B. Romanowicz|
|Place of Publication||Boston, MA|
|Publisher||CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group|
|Number of pages||6|
|Publication status||Published - 2011|
|Event||CTSI Clean Technology and Sustainable Industries Conference and Expo, Clean Technology 2011 - Boston, United States|
Duration: 13 Jun 2011 → 16 Jun 2011
|Conference||CTSI Clean Technology and Sustainable Industries Conference and Expo, Clean Technology 2011|
|Period||13/06/11 → 16/06/11|
- Built Environment
- Energy Performance
- Occupant Comfort