Smart Buildings – improving operational performance

October 2nd, 2019

The built environment is responsible for nearly one-quarter of total emissions in Australia.

Availability of IoT sensors offers an opportunity to improve Australian buildings by invigorating building data innovation. However, the built environment sector is lagging other markets in embracing data-driven approach for improving operational performance, partly due to the heterogeneity of systems, lack of data sharing and information deficits.

In partnership with CSIRO Energy, the Smart Buildings Data Clearing House (DCH) project provides a platform to share data and build innovative applications.

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DCH will enable sophisticated analysis of buildings’ data and help identify opportunities for productivity improvements resulting in reduced operating cost, energy use and improvement of comfort and occupant experience. It will be used to develop and demonstrate tools that can save operating cost and energy, integrate, optimise and maintain renewable energy, and better manage peak demand in buildings.

DCH will enable development & incorporation of new sensor technologies such as indoor environment quality and occupant experience sensors that can help policymakers develop new guidelines and regulations, shifting the paradigm of the built environment sector operation.

Building physics-related applications require many of the Senaps’ capabilities, as it allows the integration of emerging and traditional sources of data which underpins all data-driven building applications. Managed data can include IoT, utility data, BMS data, weather and climate data, and occupant experience data.