A High-Resolution Open Source Platform for Building Envelope Thermal Performance Assessment Using a Wireless Sensor Network

Sensors (Basel). 2020 Mar 21;20(6):1755. doi: 10.3390/s20061755.


This paper presents an in-situ wireless sensor network (WSN) for building envelope thermal transmission analysis. The WSN is able to track heat flows in various weather conditions in real-time. The developed system focuses on long-term in-situ building material variation analysis, which cannot be readily achieved using current approaches, especially when the number of measurement hotspots is large. This paper describes the implementation of the proposed system using the heat flow method enabled through an adaptable and low-cost wireless network, validated via a laboratory experiment.

Keywords: heat flow; open platform; thermal performance; wireless sensor network.