New information technologies provide ways to optimize the performance of building systems. We are investigating applications for sensing and control of buildings using wireless communications technology, micro-electromechancial systems (MEMS), and Web-enabled software. The cost of installing wiring for controls and sensors in buildings may represent 50%-90% of the installed cost. With wireless and MEMS technologies we can greatly reduce this cost, enable energy savings, and improve the control of the indoor environment.
Human Interactions Research Topics
CBE projects related to control and IT systems include:
- Demand Response Research
Developing technology for tomorrow’s dynamic electricity-pricing systems.
- Using Occupant Feedback to Improve Building Operations
A system to help facility managers utilize and respond to building occupant complaints.
- Plug Load Energy Study
Analyzing plug loads as a means of understanding and tightening the gap between simulated and actual energy use in buildings.
- Visualizing Building Information
Identifying the optimal methods for displaying building performance information to occupants, facility managers, and others.
- Visualizing Information Symposium
We co-sponsored a full-day symposium in April 2011 on the topic of "Information Visualization in Commercial Buildings: Design, Technology, and Human Behavior".
- Development of a Prototype Wireless Lighting Control System
This low-cost system may lead to short payback periods for energy-saving lighting retrofits.
- Wireless Measurement and Control of the Indoor Environment in Buildings
Enhanced control systems that may reduce wiring costs and lead to potentially more optimal systems.