Review: European Utility Week 2014

Introduction The RAI conference Centre in Amsterdam hosted the European Utility Week from 3-5 November 2014. Visitors had access to the large exhibition hall with about 230 stands from diverse companies related to the energy sector. Their business ranges from generation, transmission, distribution, storage, metering, smart controls, billing, customer management, hardware manufacturers for all these […]

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BBC – Smartphones and energy efficient households

An interesting article on the role that Smartphones can play in reducing the heating energy consumption in domestic buildings: www.bbc.co.uk (Featured image also sourced from the specified link)

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Guardian – Smart Homes and occupant behaviour

An interesting article on how Smart Home technology can influence occupant behaviour: www.theguardian.com (Featured image also sourced from the specified link)

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The first TEDDINet workshop

On the 5th and 6th of November REFIT attended the kick-off TEDDINET workshop. TEDDINET is a newly established, EPSRC funded network to support the work of the 22 individual (Build)TEDDI projects, ensuring that they achieve more than the sum of their parts and leave a strong legacy for industry, government and society at large. For more information on TEDDINET, […]

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Westminster eForum seminar on Smart living

The Westminster eForum organises an interesting seminar on ‘Smart living – connected devices, utilities and infrastructure’ due to take place on the 11th of December. The main focus of this event will be on how key services and infrastructure in the UK will be shaped by the improved connectivity and on the big data challenges of ‘smart living’, […]

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BBC Radio 4 on Smart Homes

A very interesting clip from BBC Radio 4 on how gadgets could run the homes of the future. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01h1d86

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Call for papers – ASHRAE 2014 Annual Conference

The call for abstracts has now been issued for the ASHRAE 2014 Annual Conference , with a deadline of 23 September 2013. www.ashrae.org/seattle Tracks of particular interest include: Track 1: Indoor Environment – Health, Comfort and Productivity Track Chair: Thomas H. Kuehn Email: kuehn001@umn.edu Besides addressing thermal comfort and other IEQ issues, buildings and other enclosed […]

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The Royal Academy of Engineering on Smart Buildings

An interesting report on Smart Buildings has recently been released by the Royal Academy of Engineering. The report focuses on ‘smart’ tools and technologies and in particular on the opportunities that arise with ‘smart data’ collection in understanding occupant behaviour. A discussion is also taking place on the risks and challenges in terms of privacy […]

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REFIT paper accepted! – The CIB W78 2013 conference in Beijing, China

We are pleased to announce that a REFIT paper has recently been accepted at the CIB W78 2013 conference in Beijing, China. In this paper Dr Steven Firth et al focus on the potential of decision support systems for retrofit provision in domestic buildings, using monitoring technologies and performance-based analysis. The main question that rises […]

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Direct control of SmartHomes – The ZigBee/Samsung alliance

A new technological breakthrough from the ZigBee-Samsung alliance. Future smartphones are expected to include support for ZigBee wireless technology thus providing direct control of automated homes. The full article can be found at pocket-lint.com

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The 6th International Conference on Control and Automation

The 6th International Conference on Control and Automation (CA 2013) will be held on November 21 – 23, 2013 at Jeju National University International Center, Jeju Island, Korea. CA 2013 will be the most comprehensive Conference focused on the various aspects of advances in Control and Automation. The Conference provides a chance for academic and industry professionals to […]

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REFIT-DEFACTO-LEEDR Workshop

Loughborough University currently participates in three major cross-disciplinary research projects in the area of domestic buildings, energy, occupants and technology, namely DEFACTO, REFIT and LEEDR. Each project features strong Loughborough involvement. In an effort to share information about these projects and knowledge with each other, a one-day workshop was organised by Victoria Haines, head of the User […]

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REFIT visits EcoBuild 2013

The EcoBuild 2013 exhibition in London was, once again, a very successful international event that attracted influential professionals in design and construction from around the world. With BRE, CIBSE and the Carbon Trust amongst the leading supporters, the exhibition hosted over 1,500 organisations covering a wide range of sustainable construction. The REFIT team was there […]

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