An Energy-Harvesting Facade Optimization System for Built Environments

Atul Pandaravila Biju, Chayan Sarkar and R. Venkatesha Prasad, "An Energy-Harvesting Facade Optimization System for Built Environments", Proceedings of the 4th ACM International Conference on Embedded Systems for Energy-Efficient Built Environments (BuildSys), ACM, 2017.

Abstract

Buildings can achieve energy-eciency by using solar passive design, energy-efficient structures and materials, or by optimizing their operational energy use. In each of these areas, eciency can be improved if the physical properties of the building along with its dynamic behavior can be captured using low-cost embedded sensor devices. This opens up a new challenge of installing and maintaining the sensor devices for dierent types of buildings. In this article, we propose BuildSense, a sensing framework for negrained, long-term monitoring of buildings using a mix of physical and virtual sensors. It not only reduces the deployment and management cost of sensors but can also guarantee fine-grained, accurate data coverage for long-term use. We evaluate BuildSense using sensor measurements from two rammed-earth houses that were custom-designed for a challenging hot-arid climate such that almost no artificial heating or cooling is used. We demonstrate that BuildSense can signicantly reduce the costs of permanent physical sensors whilst still achieve t-for-purpose accuracy and stability.

BibTex entry

@inproceedings{sarkar2017fos,
    title={An Energy-Harvesting Facade Optimization System for Built Environments},
    author={Atul Pandaravila Biju, Chayan Sarkar and R. Venkatesha Prasad},
    booktitle={Proceedings of the 4th ACM International Conference on Embedded Systems for Energy-Efficient Built Environments (BuildSys)},
    pages={xxx--xxx},
    year={2017},
    organization={ACM}
}