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Uncertainty in whole house monitoring

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posted on 12.09.2013 by Richard Buswell
Monitoring energy and temperatures in dwellings is becoming commonplace due to the reduction in sensing costs. Measurements can be used for informing the occupants on their energy as well as developing better inputs for building performance simulation and verifying analysis. In a home monitoring environment making sense of this data can be difficult as the number of measurements increases; one of the key challenges for the homeowner and for organisations that collect and analysis energy data is understanding what can and cannot be ‘seen’ in the data. In building simulation, there is a growing interest in applying uncertainty to generate robust model predictions, however there is also a need to understand the uncertainties in measurements used. What is often missed in these analysis is an evaluation of the uncertainties in the measurements in relation to the intended analysis. This paper presents a set of typical domestic energy monitoring measurements that have recently been collected as part of a 4 year research project in the UK. Levels of uncertainty are evaluated and the consequences for typical metrics used in energy and comfort analysis are discussed.


This paper has forms part of the work produced under the LEEDR: Low Effort Energy Demand Reduction Project based at Loughborough University, UK. The work was funded through the TEDDI call managed by the RCUK Digital Economy and Energy programmes [EPSRC grant Number EP/I000267/1].



  • Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering


BUSWELL, R.A., 2013. Uncertainty in whole house monitoring. IN: Proceedings of the 13th International Conference of the International Building Performance Simulation Association, Chambery, France, 25-28 August 2013, pp. 2403 - 2410.




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This paper was presented at Building Simulation 2013: the 13th Conference of International Building Performance Simulation Association, Chambéry, France, 25-28 August 2013, http://www.bs2013.fr/




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