The Interlock House Environmental Control and Alert System
One of the problems in architectural research involving sensors is detecting errors within raw data and separating these errors from the reliable and relevant data. This research on the Interlock House aims to develop an alert system to notify when the house is operating below efficiency and for identifying abnormal data caused by sensor errors/failures. Additionally, the system would assist in controlling environmental settings. There are three parameters for operating this alert system. The first parameter, used to signify if a sensor is malfunctioning, includes the range for each sensor’s capabilities based off technical specifications. The second parameter, derived from historical data, signifies data that does not have historical precedence (ex. record breaking temperatures). The third parameter, depending on what the specific sensor is measuring, focuses on either the range of human comfort or equipment specifications, using the maximum and minimum again, to control environmental settings and identify when a mechanical component is malfunctioning. Together, the historical data and equipment standards aid in identifying when the house is operating below efficiency. The ideal results of this research would improve the energy efficiency of the Interlock House and thereby provide a model for improving the efficiency of other buildings.