Summary of the presentation
Data streams relevant for energy use in buildings are increasing. Many households have “smart” meters in place or are installing smart thermostats or smart plugs; and the first IoT applications are entering households. We see similar developments in commercial buildings.
This wealth of data provides new opportunities to better understand and control energy use in buildings. Significant energy saving potentials are claimed. Nevertheless, there are also serious challenges, like privacy and cybersecurity issues, and the variety of platforms.
In this webinar an overview will be given of the main developments in this new field. The challenge is how big data can empower users of homes and office buildings to create a comfortable and efficient living and working place.
- Big data is not about data, nor is it about information technology. A big data project is about change management.
- Before starting on a big data project, it is important to ask ‘what problem you are trying to solve’.
- Key elements are good metering strategies, a plan to collect and organise data, but most importantly, a vision how to take action based on data.
- Privacy concerns need to be addressed through a regulatory framework clearly defining data ownership and uses.
Prof. Kornelis Blok
Kornelis Blok (1956) is professor of Energy Systems Analysis. He studied experimental physics at Utrecht University and received a Ph.D. degree in 1991 on a thesis ‘On the Reduction of Carbon Dioxide Emissions’. In 1984 he was one of the founders of Ecofys, where he is now Director of Science, next to his position at Delft University of Technology.