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How to monitor people 'smartly' to help reducing energy consumption in buildings?

Spataru, C; Gauthier, S; (2014) How to monitor people 'smartly' to help reducing energy consumption in buildings? Architectural Engineering and Design Management , 10 (1-2) 60 - 78. 10.1080/17452007.2013.837248. Green open access

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Abstract

There is a complex link between building fabric, habitant expectation and behavior, energy consumption and actual internal conditions. Home owners exert total control of their homes and how people actually use buildings is not as how we think they do. Therefore, mapping occupants' behavior, and understanding how it relates to comfort and energy consumption is essential. To address this necessity, the paper reviews techniques and systems used to monitor occupants through time and location. Furthermore, it assesses the complexity, robustness, accuracy and performance of each method. To support this review, monitored data were collected using various methods to monitor people's activities in their home. These could be supported by fix building sensors, or/and wearable sensors. Results from these studies established that systems, using ultra wide band technology and radio-frequency identification hold the highest precision and accuracy, being a non-intrusive method in everyday domestic settings. In conclusion, gathering occupancy data may lead to better and more energy-efficient control system of indoor environment. © 2014 © 2014 Taylor & Francis.

Type: Article
Title: How to monitor people 'smartly' to help reducing energy consumption in buildings?
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/17452007.2013.837248
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17452007.2013.837248
Language: English
Additional information: © 2013 The Authors. Published by Taylor & Francis. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. The moral rights of the named author(s) have been asserted.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > Bartlett School Env, Energy and Resources
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1411190
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