Using the Faculty of Engineering and IT building as a case study, we develop information technologies to persuade people to change behaviour towards energy saving practices.
Project Lead: Wipa.Loengbudnark
Understanding more about building use
We explore human preferences and develop reward systems that create incentives for healthier and ecologically friendly decisions. Using innovative sensors and tracking devices we study how people preferences can be understood and changed while optimising the production and consumption of energy in smart buildings.
Building 11 houses the Faculty of Engineering and IT and boasts several sustainability features.
The Building opened in mid-2014 and incorporates renewable energy on the roof linked to electric car recharge points in the basement, and loads of other sustainability features listed in this pdf (2 pages).
As it happens, not all the equipment performs as intended, so some improvement is always needed. For example, the amazing power station located on the roof still requires some adjustments to make it work properly.
Besides, we have the opinion that the most efficient and cheap way to produce energy is not to use it. Therefore we are exploring how we can minimise the consumption of electricity in the building.
Help us understand how building 11 is used
We have prepared a survey to gauge the preferences of people working and studying in building 11. Using these results we can design ways to inform people about the existing options, improve our behaviour and propose technological solutions that would guide people to more energy saving choices.
We are making use of the huge data set of data collected by the sensors located in the building and designing new sensors and tracking systems to understand where energy can be saved.
We are also developing models of human behaviour to optimise the performance of a smart building and to minimise its ecological footprint without compromising the comfort of its inhabitants.