Reimagining Building Sensing and Control (Presentation): NREL (National Renewable Energy Laboratory)

Luigi Gentile Polese

Research output: NRELPresentation


Buildings are responsible for 40% of US energy consumption, and sensing and control technologies are an important element in creating a truly sustainable built environment. Motion-based occupancy sensors are often part of these control systems, but are usually altered or disabled in response to occupants' complaints, at the expense of energy savings. Can we leverage commodity hardware developedfor other sectors and embedded software to produce more capable sensors for robust building controls? The National Renewable Energy Laboratory's (NREL) 'Image Processing Occupancy Sensor (IPOS)' is one example of leveraging embedded systems to create smarter, more reliable, multi-function sensors that open the door to new control strategies for building heating, cooling, ventilation, andlighting control. In this keynote, we will discuss how cost-effective embedded systems are changing the state-of-the-art of building sensing and control.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages52
StatePublished - 2014

Publication series

NamePresented at the 2014 Sensors Expo and Conference, 24-26 June 2014, Rosemont, Illinois

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/PR-5500-62354


  • control
  • cooling
  • energy consumption
  • energy savings
  • heating
  • image processing occupancy sensor
  • IPOS
  • lighting
  • motion-based occupancy sensors
  • multi-function sensor
  • NREL
  • sensing
  • sensing and control technologies
  • sustainable
  • ventilation


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