Intended AudienceCampus administration, Energy researchers, Architects
KeywordsEnergy-consumption, Adaptive, agent-based simulations, Socio-technical system, Sensor Deployment
A simulation-based tool to understand energy consumption patterns and cost reduction through behaviour change in existing buildings.
We conceptualised a campus as a socio-technical system and used design theory to look at adaptive approaches to improve energy utilisation. This work also explored approaches to convey the need to change energy usage patterns to address the issue of the campus' carbon footprint. Just as energy usage behaviour assumes energy to be ubiquitous, we planned to understand the use of technology to achieve responsible energy consumption ubiquitously as well.
In order to model the socio-technical aspects of the campus, we collected data about the physical dimensions, the energy meter readings from its buildings, a catalogue of all the devices with their locations, campus operational policy, user behaviour and their preferences. We used IIIT - Bangalore as a case study.
We used FoV’s Phoenix simulation platform to implement an agent-based model for the campus along with additional information such as population, the current billing and tariffs, etc. Using this model we created different scenarios of operations for the campus such as:
1. How does the energy usage behaviour change with staggered work hours and changing course structures?
2. What is the cost-benefit of deploying a new technology, for example, an adaptive sensor based device control, on the campus?
3. How can we raise awareness about issues of climate change and responsible energy consumption with a dynamic campus population?
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