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The Application of Smartphone Technology to Economic and Environmental Analysis of Building Energy Conservation Strategies
International Journal of Sustainable Energy (2011)
  • Patrick Leslie, Queen's University - Kingston, Ontario
  • Joshua M. Pearce, Queen's University - Kingston, Ontario
  • Rob Harrap, Queen's University - Kingston, Ontario
  • Sylvie Daniel
Abstract
This paper investigates the use of smartphone technology as a tool to implement building energy audit programmes to increase energy conservation measure (ECM) uptake and concomitant environmental and economic benefits. The smartphone audit analysed provides an energy audit platform with: (i) quasi-real time analysis, (ii) continuous user engagement, (iii) geospatial customization, (iv) additional ECMs, (v) ECM ranking and user education, and (vi) the ability to constantly evolve. A case study of 157,000 homes in Southeastern Ontario shows that 55 years is needed to complete energy audits for all dwellings in the region following a traditional energy audit model. However, the results of the smartphone-based audit programme accelerates this in both terms of audits completed and cumulative carbon dioxide savings over a sensitivity range of audit effectiveness. It is concluded that an advanced and expanded home energy auditing programme that uses smartphone technology could provide significant economic and environmental benefits.
Keywords
  • energy audit,
  • energy efficiency,
  • smartphone,
  • energy conservation measures,
  • sustainable architecture,
  • residential buildings
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Publication Date
June 1, 2011
Publisher Statement
Preprint uploaded here in compliance with publisher policies. Publisher's version of record: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1478646X.2011.578746
Citation Information
Patrick Leslie, Joshua M. Pearce, Rob Harrap and Sylvie Daniel. "The Application of Smartphone Technology to Economic and Environmental Analysis of Building Energy Conservation Strategies" International Journal of Sustainable Energy Vol. 31 Iss. 5 (2011)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/jmpearce/77/