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ENERGY INFORMATION SYSTEM DASHBOARD INTEGRATING WIRELESS SENSING DEVICES WITH WIRED METERING AND CONTROLS – A CASE STUDY

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L Simonian, N Goodell

ENERGY INFORMATION SYSTEM DASHBOARD INTEGRATING WIRELESS SENSING DEVICES WITH WIRED METERING AND CONTROLS – A CASE STUDY

Abstract: According to the most recent Annual Energy Review published by the United States Energy Information Administration, residential and commercial buildings are responsible for 40% of the energy consumed in the United States, 66% of the electricity use, and 39% of the carbon-related emissions (EIA - U.S. Department Of Energy 2009). The current emphasis is to design and construct energy efficient buildings that use 70 percent less energy (than today’s average building) by 2030, and to achieve zero net energy by supplying the remaining energy from clean and renewable resources (U.S. Department of Energy 2007). An Energy Information System (EIS) is an essential informational link towards realizing this goal. This case study exams a facility where several (wired and wireless) data acquisition systems gather energy and thermal comfort data in an institutional office building occupied predominantly by research scientists and support staff, and these systems are integrated into a single EIS. The EIS includes graphical reporting features to convey building information to operators, managers, owners, occupants and facilities personnel who have the capability to act upon the information to impact energy efficiency and comfort in the building. As EISs are still a new field, it is important to identify what needs to be done in the future to ensure their usefulness as a tool to improve energy efficiency and occupant comfort in buildings. They are an essential step on the road to achieving buildings that use zero net energy.

Keywords: Energy Information System (EIS), Wireless Sensing Network, HVAC, Energy Use

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