Smart Buildings

Why We Need to Develop Occupancy Sensor Testing for the Real World

Occupancy sensors and occupancy data analytics have promised a lot over the last decade but the number of commercial buildings that actually use them remains low. A 2019 study by Yamanda et al. estimated that only 6% to 10% of commercial buildings are equipped with occupancy sensors, showing just a 5% improvement from the start of the decade. Furthermore, the majority of the increase was from the low occupancy warehouse and storage sector, which saw an increase from 1% to 34% from 2010 to 2015, while education and office buildings sectors actually saw a decrease, from 9% to 8% and from 14% to 8% respectively. Few would doubt the potential of the technology but something is preventing its widespread adoption. More often than not, occupancy technology is adopted as an energy-efficiency strategy in buildings eager to achieve the cost-saving and environmental benefits promised. However, while many tests show the energy-saving potential of the technology, few […]

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