Application of IoT and BEMS to Visualise the Environmental Performance of an Educational Building

Hossain, M., Weng, Z., Schiano-Phan, R., Scott, D. and Lau, B. 2020. Application of IoT and BEMS to Visualise the Environmental Performance of an Educational Building. Energies. 13 (15) 4009. https://doi.org/10.3390/en13154009

TitleApplication of IoT and BEMS to Visualise the Environmental Performance of an Educational Building
TypeJournal article
AuthorsHossain, M., Weng, Z., Schiano-Phan, R., Scott, D. and Lau, B.
Abstract

This paper presents the application of Internet of Things (IoT) Technology and Building Energy Management System (BEMS) within the Marylebone Campus of the University of Westminster, located in central London, to improve the environmental performance of the existing building as well as enhance the learning experience on energy and sustainability. Sixty IoT sensors connected to minicomputers were planned to be deployed within three floors of the building to continuously measure the real-time environmental parameters, such as dry-bulb temperature, relative humidity, illuminance level, carbon dioxide, and sound levels. Experimental workshops were also arranged with undergraduate and post-graduate students at their classrooms using IoT sensors, portable Bluetooth sensors and online questionnaires to increase awareness of the effect of environmental and behavioural changes on energy saving through real-time visualisation. Users’ subjective feedback on their workplace was also collected through Post Occupancy Evaluation (POE) questionnaire surveys. The results show the effectiveness of IoT systems and BEMS in supplying the building users and management with high-resolution, low-cost data acquisition systems highlighting the existing challenges and future scopes. The study also documents the process and the improvement in students’ awareness of environmental and energy performance of their building through IoT data visualizations and POE.

KeywordsInternet of Things
Building Energy Management System
Smart Technology
Data-Visualisation
Post-Occupancy Evaluation
Students’ Perception
Workplace
Educational Building
Article number4009
JournalEnergies
Journal citation13 (15)
ISSN1996-1073
Year2020
PublisherMDPI
Publisher's version
License
CC BY 4.0
File Access Level
Open (open metadata and files)
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.3390/en13154009
Publication dates
Published03 Aug 2020

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