Title: REFIT – Personalised Retrofit Decision Support Tools for UK Homes using Smart Home Technology
PI: Dr Steven Firth, Loughborough University
Fund: £1.5m BuildTEDDI
Project lifespan: May 2012 to April 2015
REFIT is an ambitious, highly interdisciplinary research project with the long-term aim of creating a step-change in uptake rates of retrofit technology measures in UK homes. The project brings together a diverse research team with internationally renowned expertise in buildings, energy, ICT, people and design. REFIT will study the Smart Home concept and its ability to provide personalised, valued, tailored and trustworthy information on building retrofit, energy efficiency and on-site renewable technology options for UK homes.
WP 1: Data analytic tools for Smart Home data streams; WP 2: Smart Home Field Trial; WP 3: User engagement with smart home technologies; WP 4: Definition of value propositions and user engagement; WP 5: Integration of results and retrofit decision support tool development.
Based on a 20 home case study the REFIT project will implement a range of approaches for providing retrofit advice, using persuasive ICT-enabled decision support tools derived from the Smart Home data, to engage householders, industry, consumer groups and policy makers, to promote long-term behaviour change and to influence retrofit purchasing decisions.
University of East Anglia
Green Energy Options
IBM UK Labs National Instruments National
RWE Effizienz GmbH
Firth S.K., Fouchal, F., Kane, T., Dimitriou, V. and Hassan, T. (2013) Decision support systems for domestic retrofit provision using smart home data streams. Proceedings of CIB W78 2013: Move towards Smart Buildings, Infrastructure and Cities, Beijing, China
Hargreaves, T., Wilson, C. and Hauxwell-Baldwin, R. (2013) Who uses smart home technologies? Representations of users by the smart home industry. Paper presented at the European Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ECEEE) 2013 Summer Study, Toulon/Hyères, France. June 2013.
Seeam, A., Liao, J., Stankovic, L. and Stankovic, V. (2013) Improving Energy Efficiency with Smart Home Appliance Monitoring, Proceedings of EEDAL’13.