Technologies

A Unified Solution for a Dynamic People-Centric Building Automation Control


Abstract/Technology Overview

This project addresses industrial needs through its research focusing on industry-leading technology for total energy management needs (energy efficiency, operational efficiency and occupant comfort) to optimize energy & equipment usage while simultaneously increasing human comfort; enhance building automation control & manage building energy in seamless way; and improve occupant experiences. This is non-trivial because building operations are complex as a large number of constraints must be satisfied in order to ensure comfort, air quality and appropriate equipment performance.

A unified framework had therefore been developed for real-time monitoring, optimization and analytics of energy consumption and human comfort. This framework provides multifaceted approach with energy-efficient automation functions that makes buildings more intelligent and comfortable for occupants. The new algorithm is applied to optimize the requirements of the occupant comfort and power consumption effectively. The results obtained show that this method is a viable alternative for intelligent building energy control and useful for achieving occupant comfort in a building environment with higher energy efficiency. Additionally, this framework can be extended to other applications to help communities around the world use smart technology for conserving energy while reducing maintenance costs on electrical appliances.

 


Technology Features, Specifications and Advantages

We developed a unified solution with new algorithmic aspects and sensor modules for total energy management needs (energy efficiency, operational efficiency and occupant comfort) to optimize energy and equipment usage, while simultaneously increasing human comfort; enhance building automation control and manage building energy in seamless way; and improve occupant experiences.

This unified solution has the following features:

  • A unified building control framework for real-time monitoring, optimization and analytics of energy consumption and human comfort had been developed.
  • A GUI-based simulation platform with optimization and analytics capabilities for users to perform several intelligent functions including human comfort management and optimal control. Users can access the human comfort management system through cloud- based server anytime, anywhere with remote control functionality.

Experimental results and comparisons with other approaches demonstrated the overall performance and potential benefits of the unified building control framework.


Potential Applications

  • Real-time monitoring and algorithmic control of energy consumption towards energy-efficient buildings and HVAC processes to maximize occupant comfort with minimum energy consumption


Customer Benefit

This unified solution with new algorithmic aspects can provide multifaceted approach with energy-efficient automation functions to optimize the requirements of the occupants’ comfort and power consumption effectively.  It is a viable alternative for intelligent building energy control and useful for achieving occupant comfort in a building environment with higher energy efficiency. Additionally, the framework can be extended to other applications to help communities around the world use smart technology for conserving energy while reducing maintenance costs on electrical appliances.

OVERVIEW
Contact Person

Diana Sutanto

Organisation

Nanyang Polytechnic

Technology Category
  • Building Automation / Management
  • Simulation & BIM
Technology Readiness Level
  • TRL 5
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