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Sustainability in Energy and Buildings

Volume 22 of the series Smart Innovation, Systems and Technologies pp 1083-1091

A System for Energy Saving in Commercial and Organizational Buildings

  • Hamid AbdiAffiliated withCenter for Intelligent Systems Research, Deakin University Email author 
  • , Michael FieldingAffiliated withCenter for Intelligent Systems Research, Deakin University
  • , James MullinsAffiliated withCenter for Intelligent Systems Research, Deakin University
  • , Saeid NahavandiAffiliated withCenter for Intelligent Systems Research, Deakin University

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Abstract

Energy consumption in commercial and organizational buildings with shared electricity produces a considerable amount of greenhouse gas emissions worldwide. Sustainable reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in these building remains to be a challenge and further research is required to address this problem due to the complexity of human behavior. The present paper introduces distributed meters for these buildings in order to achieve a sustainable energy saving. The method provides a direct control to a humans’ behavior that is essential for effectiveness of the energy saving. It is shown that by using distributed meters, the system can actively engage humans in the energy saving process. The hardware and software required to implement this concept are explored and the sustainability of the proposed method is discussed.

Keywords

Organizational buildings commercial buildings energy saving human behavior public building energy efficiency