IoT tech will support CSIRO research into energy-efficient apartment living

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Four Docklands buildings have been fitted with simPRO IoT technology to track energy use in high-rise apartment blocks.

SimPRO’s remote modelling solution will be used in CSIRO’s research into energy-efficient apartment living.

The research will provide data about energy use of things like lifts, chillers, air-conditioning, lights and power of four high-rise buildings in Melbourne’s Docklands.

The IoT technology makes it possible to track building performance without hard-wiring on the buildings, which all are already standing. 

“Structural wiring would have had to be done between floors of buildings, we would have been there for a good while just doing the structured cabling,” says David Tripp, director at O’Brien Electrical Wantirna, who led the installation.

SimPRO IoT meant the ability to simply retrofit sensors. 

“We’ve got a really good understanding of energy efficiency in detached homes,” says CSIRO senior experimental scientist Michael Ambrose. “However, we have very little information about how units and apartments perform. And with the rise in apartment living, that’s really how this project came about.”

Four sites in Victoria Point, Docklands, were chosen as climate-similar buildings were important for accurate comparison.

The information collected will inform baseline data to run energy-efficient residential high rise buildings in future. It will also help verify and improve the way apartments are rated, says Ambrose.

“SimPRO IoT uses a low-powered wide are network standard called LoRaWAN,” says simPRO APAC regional director Peter Darley, “this enables the remote monitoring solution to be retrofitted to assets already installed in a building.

“It is also perfect for commercial applications like this because it is low frequency and has a long range and is able to penetrate buildings and other obstructions.”

Once collected from the assets, data is viewed and interpreted in simPRO’s dashboard.

Photo by Joy Saha on Unsplash

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