Clean Technology 2011

Wireless Sensing for the Built Environment: Enabling Innovation Towards Greener, Healthier Homes

E. Gaura, J. Brusey, Ross Wilkins
Cogent Computing Applied Research Centre, UK

Keywords: WSN, green homes, residential buildings, retrofit, in-field evaluation


The industry’s perception of wireless embedded networked sensing systems is changing towards a view of them as reliable, available, usable and affordable instruments. To many, they are no longer the next wave in engineering and computing, but have become today’s reality in assessment Understanding, assessing and controlling buildings could be the killer application for networked wireless sensing, with strong business cases raising from: 1. Excellent economies of scale (natural requirement for geographically distributed deployments with thousands (millions?) of instances). 2. Strong political drive (global warming and climate change drivers; zero carbon regulations, decent homes standards). 3. Very large end-user scale (nearly 70% of the average household utility bill could be influenced by WSN-based energy and environmental monitoring). Within this context, the paper will examine key issues to be overcome by the academic and modern built environment communities towards exploiting fully the power of wireless sensing systems.

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