Presentation Title

An Evaluation of User Experiences on Smart Buildings

Faculty Mentor

Greg Placencia, Alison Mckay, Simon Rees, Matthew Davis

Start Date

17-11-2018 8:30 AM

End Date

17-11-2018 10:30 AM

Location

HARBESON 56

Session

POSTER 1

Type of Presentation

Poster

Subject Area

engineering_computer_science

Abstract

Consequences of global climate change have developed dramatically over the last couple years. Commercial and residential buildings account for more than thirty percent of total carbon dioxide emissions. This research investigates the area of Smart Buildings as a viable solution to the expressed problem. This is done by conducting an evaluation of user experiences through a sociotechnical system lens, focusing solely on lighting systems. The study is based on the Houldsworth Building, located at the University of Leeds campus, specifically the open office areas. To begin forming the relationship between workers, organization and task, big data analytics was performed on a set of complaints to reveal that the leading cause of disturbance in the building were non-functioning lights. It shed light to a lack of standard process in handling work orders. Evaluating several interviews, showed that there is little to no interaction between users and lighting technology. The interviews also reflected poorly informed individuals on how to operate control functions and make reports. To further investigate technical performance, lumenance readings were taken in different areas with lighting sensors. Readings show that despite different weather conditions, the lighting in the spaces fall within the recommended ranges of 400 to 500 lux. The study suggests that there are gaps in the organization faction of the sociotechnical hexagon. The process of this research project will act as an outline for further evaluations of smart buildings, that can highlight areas of improvements.

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Nov 17th, 8:30 AM Nov 17th, 10:30 AM

An Evaluation of User Experiences on Smart Buildings

HARBESON 56

Consequences of global climate change have developed dramatically over the last couple years. Commercial and residential buildings account for more than thirty percent of total carbon dioxide emissions. This research investigates the area of Smart Buildings as a viable solution to the expressed problem. This is done by conducting an evaluation of user experiences through a sociotechnical system lens, focusing solely on lighting systems. The study is based on the Houldsworth Building, located at the University of Leeds campus, specifically the open office areas. To begin forming the relationship between workers, organization and task, big data analytics was performed on a set of complaints to reveal that the leading cause of disturbance in the building were non-functioning lights. It shed light to a lack of standard process in handling work orders. Evaluating several interviews, showed that there is little to no interaction between users and lighting technology. The interviews also reflected poorly informed individuals on how to operate control functions and make reports. To further investigate technical performance, lumenance readings were taken in different areas with lighting sensors. Readings show that despite different weather conditions, the lighting in the spaces fall within the recommended ranges of 400 to 500 lux. The study suggests that there are gaps in the organization faction of the sociotechnical hexagon. The process of this research project will act as an outline for further evaluations of smart buildings, that can highlight areas of improvements.