Special Issue "Smart Sensors for Comfortable and Energy Efficient Buildings and Building Management"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 April 2021.
Interests: non-intrusive measurements; sensors for buildings and industrial applications; sensors for active and assisted living; virtual sensing; thermal comfort
Interests: measurements; sensors, IR sensors; wearable sensors; thermal comfort; indoor air quality; buildings monitoring; signal processing; data analysis; energy efficiency
It is already well established that buildings are responsible for the 40% of the energy consumption around the world, making the construction sector an important target for achieving the objective of reducing human-related environmental impacts. Ambitious and concerted counteractions are crucial, and they should be strategically devised to maximize the energy efficiency but, also, to mitigate the impact of indoor living on climate change. In fact, people are the reason why cities and buildings exist, and occupants do not have energy problems but, instead, comfort problems. As people spend about the 90% of their time indoors, comfort conditions can significantly impact on their wellbeing, health, and productivity. Thus, the monitoring and control of occupants’ comfort should be accurate and comprehensive to facilitate the optimal design and management of buildings while minimizing the required energy expenditure. In this framework, sensing solutions can play an important role. The use of innovative technologies in the field of connectivity and data analysis, such as the IoT and AI, can provide new life to the traditional sensing systems—as applied in the construction sector towards the construction and management of optimal, efficient, and comfortable buildings—as well as be used in behavioral monitoring.
In this context, we are pleased to present the Special Issue “Smart Sensors for Comfortable and Energy Efficient Buildings and Building Management”.
This Special Issue aims at presenting the most advanced sensing technologies to be applied at different stages of the building lifecycle—from the design to operation and maintenance. Contributions are expected to cover a variety of aspects, such as measurements techniques, sensors networks, integration with building management systems, IoT, virtual sensing, and artificial intelligence for enhanced sensing. The contributions could cover both building’s components and occupants, considering the use of wearables and distributed sensors to capture the human comfort and interaction with the building, also applying indoor localization techniques.
The final goal of the Special Issue is to provide knowledge on how innovative sensing solutions can be exploited to improve the construction quality, energy efficiency, and occupants’ comfort and wellbeing in both new and existing buildings.
Prof. Dr. Gian Marco Revel
Dr. Marco Arnesano
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- sensors network
- virtual sensing
- artificial intelligence for sensing
- behavioral monitoring in the built environment
- indoor localization
- monitoring for building management
- energy efficiency in buildings
- indoor environmental quality
- thermal comfort