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GreenerBuildings

GreenerBuildings is a Ubiquitous Embedded Systems framework which develops an integrated solution for energy-aware adaptation of public buildings.

It investigates self-powered sensors and actuators, occupant activity and behavior inference, and an embedded software for coordinating thousands of smart objects with the goals of energy saving and user support.

GreenerBuildings

Buildings account for more than 40% of energy consumption and are the largest CO2 producers in many world regions. Thus, making efficient use of energy in buildings is paramount to conserve energy and reduce greenhouse effects.

To date, automated control and adaptation in buildings is often limited to occupant commodity changes of indoor climate depending on room temperature, CO2, and lights operated though motion detectors.

GreenerBuildings aims to realize an integrated solution that addresses the challenge of energy-aware adaptation from basic (energy harvesting) sensors and actuators, up to an embedded software for coordinating thousands of smart objects with the goals of energy saving and user support.

GreenerBuildings will investigate how buildings can dynamically adapt their operations according to actual use, aiming at substantial energy savings.

Smart  Buildings

Our vision is that buildings can respond to their actual use and changes in their environment; interact with their occupants through novel ubi­quitous sen­sing and occupant behavior inference techniques and that can transparently adapt a building’s function and operation.

GreenerBuildings embraces the following key principles in order to achieve its goals:

  • living lab experimentation and validation
  • an agile interdisciplinary consortium
  • a spiral development model
  • a user centric approach

In particular, the validation will consider test cases with at least 1.000 devices (sensor and actuator nodes) deployed in living lab buildings.

Public buildings, such as offices, universities, hotels, and shops will be considered.

With its multi-national consortium, the project’s outreach will go beyond European boarders.

Links

Publication page

Projectpartners

  • Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
    GreenerBuildings will be hosted by the Institute for Mathematics and Computing Science (IWI) at the Faculty of Science.The group responsible for the project is the Distributed Systems group, lead by Marco Aiello who can count on two permanent staff members, 8 PhD students, plus supporting staff. Marco Aiello is the technical manager of GreenerBuildings.The group is active on research on middleware, service oriented computing, and pervasive systems. It has a strong publication record and experience in projects at the national, EU and Asiatic level.
  • Technische Universiteit Eindhoven
    GreenerBuildings is coordinated by the Activity and Context recognition Technologies (ACTLab) research group at the SPS section.
    In the project ACTLab is working on occupant activity and building context recognition approaches to provide the key information needed for adaptively controlling energy consumers.
  • CINI
    CINI has been and is currently involved in many large scale national and EU research projects (e.g., CADENUS; INTERMON ; ENEXT; NETQoS; OneLab; CONTENT; INTERSECTION; OneLab2; INSPIRE; CoMiFin; INSPIREInternational)
  • Università degli Studi di Roma LA SAPIENZA (UOR)
    Research concentrates on the following areas: artificial intelligence, databases, visual formalisms, design and analysis of algorithms, distributed systems, programming languages, computer graphics, and software engineering.
  • Fluid Solutions – Alternative
    In the GreenerBuildings project FSa includes two permanent staff members: Alessandro Ciarravano, who takes care of the management, technical planning, execution and CFD simulations supervision, and Emiliano Binotti for some management aspect, Experimental measurement and CFD supervision.
  • Philips
    The Connected Consumer Solutions group, located on the High Tech Campus in Eindhoven, will participate in the project on the behalf of Philips Research.
  • Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI)
    The GreenerBuildings project will be hosted by the Energy and Environmental Laboratory (EEL) of ITRI, and the responsible division for this project is the power control and sensing technology division, which is directed by Dr. WuChi, Ho. Within this division, the direct manpower will be from System Control Department, managed by Tim Lin. The research target of this department is in the filed of energy management, system integration, and embedded system design.
  • ADVANTIC SISTEMAS Y SERVICIOS S.L.
    ADVANTIC has specifically addressed the energy efficiency market in commercial buildings. From a technological point of view, ADVANTIC has developed a hardware and software platform that enables wireless energy/power measurement and control of AC devices.

Livinglab

GreenerBuildings project has been hosted at the headquarters BicLazio ITech of Rome (http://itech.biclazio.it), which was available as livinglab validation building to the project.

Period

2012 – 2016

Contact

prof. dr. ir. M. (Marco) Aiello
W. cs.rug.nl/~aiellom
E.  m.aiello@rug.nl
P.  050-3633939

Funding

EU FP7 STREP

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