Developing suitable thermal models for domestic buildings with Smart Home equipment

Smart Home controls are part of a Smart Home system and allow remote and automated control of heating systems. The key research question is: with the rapid advancement of new wireless and networked control products, which thermal modelling techniques are able to best make use of the real-time performance data arising from in-home sensors and predict the impact of using advanced controls to reduce energy demand and maximise comfort? As part of identifying suitable modelling approaches for Smart Homes, a lumped parameter model which builds on the work done by Bacher and Madsen (2011) using a data-driven “Grey box” model has been developed. The potential for using the measured data and the impacts of advanced controls for this modelling technique are discussed.