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Richard Smith

Richard Smith

Highly Commended Winner 2014
The Effectiveness of Current Smart Home Technologies to Improve Energy Efficiency

Research Abstract

This thesis explores the barriers to domestic energy consumption in the context of the implementation of smart monitors.  Smart metering – or demand side response - helps consumers to manage and adjust their energy usage. It heralds the creation of a smart grid infrastructure, helping to reduce energy load on the national networks. However, there are considerable shortfalls in current smart monitors, which may present future challenges to effective demand side response.  This paper reviews current smart monitors, highlighting the need for design improvements to facilitate sustainable changes in user behaviour.

Winner's Bios

Richard Smith

Loughborough University, UK

Richard studied architectural engineering and design management at Loughborough University.  His research on energy consumption reduction highlighted the extent to which the construction industry needs to adapt to contribute towards a sustainable future.  He has subsequently joined SDC Construction Group’s management training programme as a quantity surveyor and has already worked on a range of projects with BREEAM Excellent credentials in the Midlands.  He is an active member of CIOB, and is treasurer of CIOB’s Bedfordshire committee.

 

Judge's comments

“This is a well-written and well-presented dissertation. It sets out clear objectives which were delivered throughout to demonstrate the barriers to domestic energy consumption reduction through the use of smart meters. Both quantitative and qualitative data were well analysed and synthesised to draw the research findings and conclusions.”