Augmenting Audits: Exploring the Role of Sensor Toolkits in Sustainable Buildings Management

Samantha Mitchell Finnigan, Adrian Clear, Geremy Farr-Wharton, Kim Ladha, Rob Comber

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Abstract

Audits are commonly carried out by facilities managers (FMs) to quantify the sustainability and performance of the buildings they manage, informing improvements to infrastructure for resource and cost savings, and assessing compliance with standards and legislation. The scope for what can be audited is limited by available infrastructure. In this article, we investigate the utility of a flexible sensor toolkit to enhance existing energy auditing practices. We present findings from a qualitative study with FM and student auditor participants from 3 organisations. Our study covers how these toolkits were used and integrated into auditing practices within these organisations, and the opportunities and issues for resource management that arose as a result. We conclude with design implications for toolkits to support sensor-augmented audits, make recommendations towards a deployment protocol for sensor toolkits used in this context, and develop broader considerations for how future standards and policies might be adapted to leverage this potential.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)10
JournalACM Interactive, Mobile, Wearable and Ubiquitous Technologies (IMWUT)
Volume1
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 30 Jun 2017

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