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Umeå University improves our knowledge on energy management in buildings

11 September 2021

Umeå University has been a committed RUGGEDISED partner since the beginning of the smart cities project and continues to expand on the scientific basis for energy management in buildings. The latest part of this work is the PhD dissertation entitled ‘A multi-method assessment to support energy efficiency decisions in existing residential and academic buildings.’

The dissertation was written by Shoaib Azizi, Department of Applied Physics and Electronics at Umeå University.

Lisa Redin, the university’s coordinator for RUGGEDISED, explains: 

"As a university, we have considered it important that our researchers' cutting-edge expertise is used and contributes to development. Thomas Olofsson, Gireesh Nair and Shoaib Azizi from the energy efficiency group at the Department of Applied Physics and Electronics have been involved in the entire project and have developed and refined our measurement methods as well as analysed all the data that has been collected in our sub-project Demand Side Management. Five master's theses have also been generated in the project," she says

With Demand Side Management — or presence-controlled energy and property use — it is possible to control ventilation, heating, cooling and lighting to actual needs with the added benefit of being able to reduce the university's energy use and climate impact. Sensors can measure the presence, movement patterns and various indoor environment parameters and generate data allowing better and more precise energy models. With the help of the new solutions, security and service can also be strengthened in some places.

Shoaib Azizi says about his dissertation: 

"A rapid reduction in carbon dioxide emissions from buildings and our cities is crucial in the energy transition required to reduce the pace of climate change and limit global temperature increase," he says and continues:

"Energy efficiency is decided and managed in different ways for different types of buildings, in different contexts, which in turn entails different challenges and opportunities. Consequently, it is necessary to understand the importance of choosing appropriate strategies and designing effective support measures to achieve increased energy efficiency."