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Monitoring the built environment: Developing a dynamic tool to optimise renewable energy use and energy efficiency at a community scale using GIS

Ionas, Miltiadis and Patterson, Joanne 2019. Monitoring the built environment: Developing a dynamic tool to optimise renewable energy use and energy efficiency at a community scale using GIS. Presented at: International Conference for Sustainable Design of the Built Environment (SDBE 2018), London, UK, 12-13 Sep 2018. International Conference for Sustainable Design of the Built Environment (SDBE 2018): Proceedings.

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Abstract

Within the framework of the well-recognised need for a more sustainable future, a number of ambitious targets and energy policies has been set, regarding CO2 emissions and energy savings. As buildings are responsible for the 40% of the global energy consumption, it is crucial to optimise the contribution from renewable energy resources in the built environment, as well as to use the energy in the most efficient way. It is therefore necessary to enable the ability of in-depth monitoring in the built environment, at a larger scale than an individual building. This study investigates the role that monitoring can play with regards to encouraging renewable energy use and optimising energy efficiency in the built environment, by developing a dynamic tool that can be used both at an individual building level and at community level. A bottom-up methodology will be presented that incrementally aggregates buildings into a community level tool using a set of case studies. The number of buildings included within the tool will be gradually increased to collate information about a live monitoring experience of multiple buildings, located on different sites in South Wales. Besides new ways to use monitoring in the context of sustainability, the conclusions of the study cover a variety of aspects related to the monitoring process, including choice of sensors and meters, data management (collection, transmission, storage and processing), availability by other stakeholders, choice of platform to manage the monitoring data, and cost-benefit analysis.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Architecture
ISBN: 97819997971-9-5
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 4 February 2020
Date of Acceptance: 15 August 2018
Last Modified: 04 Feb 2020 11:45
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/129072

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