Smart Net-Zero Energy Buildings

The challenge

Our research aims to design a holistic energy management framework with active strategies for enabling smart Net-Zero Energy Buildings (nZEB) by exploiting advanced computational techniques.

Why this research is valuable

The building sector is the largest energy consumer in most countries and is responsible for almost half of greenhouse gas emissions. Our proposal will allow a leap forward towards realising nZEB and further utilise computing techniques to design and renovate buildings that contribute positively to human health and well-being by focusing on the indoor and outdoor environment and the use of renewable energy. The use of active strategies and computing techniques enhances the positive outcomes from the interactions between energy consumption, indoor conditions, and impact on the environment.

Research themes

  1. Build a three-tier edge computing system (sensors-edge-cloud) to reduce delay in turnaround times, achieve confidential data sharing, and overcome other issues that commonly occur in large-scale distributed systems.
  2. Develop a building energy management system that includes renewable energy generation prediction, energy storage management, data-driven residents’ behaviour and energy consumption analysis, energy efficiency studies, and electricity trading components to maximise the renewable energy use in the buildings and optimise the overall building energy profiles.
  3. Propose cutting edge sustainable building technology to enable the use of continuous monitoring of data and optimise necessary repairs and enhancement of building materials through the lifetime of the building.

Want to know more?

This leading-edge research will advance nZEB technology. Click here if you want to know more or are interested in joining our research team.

Australia-China Joint Research Centre