The robotic fac̦ade : a design solution for energy conservation in the CityHome of the future
Author(s)Lonergan, Ronan (Ronan Patrick)
Design solution for energy conservation in the CityHome of the future
Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Mechanical Engineering.
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This project outlines a design for a fac̦ade product that can potentially be used to simplify both the construction and operation of an apartment in an urban setting. Additionally, this fagade module has been conceptualized as a way to improve energy performance, making it the energy hub of the home, and housing the majority of the heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning equipment. The design makes use of activity recognition to aid with this energy performance improvement, and adapts the conditions in the living spaces to real-time activities being carried out in the home. Energy analyses, in conjunction with real-life modeling and deployment tests, were used to verify the concept. In addition, a graphical user interface was built, allowing the home occupant to adjust the system settings of the automated energy-management technologies, as well as enabling the system to give feedback to the user on how certain decisions affect the performance of the home.
Thesis (S.M.)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, 2011.Cataloged from PDF version of thesis.Includes bibliographical references (p. 161-162).
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Mechanical Engineering.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology