Advanced Occupancy Sensors for Better Buildings Workshop
Advanced Occupancy Sensors for Better Buildings
July 12-13, 2016
ARPA-E hosted the “Advanced Occupancy Sensors for Better Buildings” workshop on July 12-13, 2016 in the Portland, OR area. This workshop brought together thought leaders from distinct science, engineering, and industrial communities. Attendees discussed the impact that innovations in occupancy sensing technologies can make in curbing building heating, cooling, and ventilation (HVAC) use without compromising the health and comfort of building occupants. Specifically, participants lended their expertise to help inform technical metrics for advanced occupancy sensor concepts, cost targets (including for both residential and commercial settings), and identify productive avenues of research.
Areas of interest and targeted outcomes for this workshop included:
• Identifying emerging innovations in accurate, low-cost, low-power occupancy sensors that can be widely deployed in residential and commercial buildings (for both retrofit and new construction applications).
• Evaluating the market impact and best technical practices for integration of advanced occupancy sensors into existing building management and HVAC control systems.
• Assessing gaps in real-world validation techniques to prove the functionality, energy savings potential, and cost effectiveness of such technologies.
• Delineating the techno-economic risk factors associated with occupancy sensing, e.g., transparency to users, versatility, cost, privacy, durability, service, installation, lifetime, etc. and highlight how these risk factors can be overcome.
Day 1- July 12
Welcome and Introduction to ARPA-E, Patrick McGrath, ARPA-E
Panel Discussion: User needs; identifying the market pull and requirements for occupancy sensing technologies
Ryan Hoest, EcoVox
Mark Malchiondo, Ecobee
Michael Rowand, Duke Energy
Kenneth Seeton, CSUDH
Michael Siemann, Weatherbug
Moderator: Michelle Coates, Booz Allen Hamilton
Day 2- July 13
Welcome to Day 2, Jennifer Gerbi, ARPA-E
Round Table Discussion: The benefits and challenges of using technologies for occupancy sensing and people counting.
Prabir Barooah, Univ. of Florida
Paul Fini, Cree Inc.
Maulin Patel, Current
Mirrasoul Mousavi, ABB
Jim Klee, Veris
Moderator: Kristen Brown, ARPA-E