IoT solutions provider eleven-x, Wilfred Laurier University and the University of Waterloo will monitor and track the health and wellness relationship between the building and people
Eleven-x, Wilfrid Laurier University, and University of Waterloo have announced a partnership to support the evolv1 initiative, Canada’s first building to earn the zero carbon building design certification.
Evolv1 is located in Waterloo’s Idea Quarter district. Eleven-x, a full-service low power Internet of Things (IoT) provider, will deploy a suite of intelligent office monitoring devices that will be used to track the health and wellness relationship between the building and people.
This initiative will bring insight in to how interactions between a sustainable office building and its inhabitants produce wellbeing, collaboration, and engagement in pro-environmental practices. It will also track how the performance relating to these outcomes can be optimised.
Evolv 1 is a new commercial multi-tenant office building and is one of 16 elite projects across Canada to be selected by the Canadian Green Building Council (CaGBC) to participate in a two-year pilot of its new zero carbon building standard.
The programme is backed by some of Canada’s leading academic institutions and sustainability organisations including: Laurier, through the Viessmann Centre for Engagement and Research in Sustainability (VERiS), which is leading the project and whose focus is on culture of sustainability; and UWaterloo, through the Faculty of Environment, which is providing the environmental expertise, including access to buildings to be used in future phases.
Additionally, York University and Sustainable Waterloo Region are key partners in the project.
“This is a great opportunity to examine in a real-world environment how the inhabitants of a high-performance green building interact with the building”
Eleven-x is deploying a suite of sensors as part of a wireless intelligent building solution that enables real-time monitoring and data collection for applications including the tracking of air quality, water consumption, and sound and light levels.
The solution uses LoRaWAN-based low power connectivity to track, manage and collect data from the sensors deployed throughout the building. The data collected will then be used to track and measure results of the interactions between the evolv1 building and its inhabitants. The building data is collected and measured using eleven-x’s secure wireless networking solution.
“This is a great opportunity to examine over an extended period of time in a real-world environment how the inhabitants of a high-performance green building interact with the building to produce positive outcomes such as wellbeing, productivity, and a culture of sustainability,” said Dr Manuel Riemer, associate professor of community psychology and sustainability science, director of VERiS, and the principal investigator for the initiative at Laurier.
“The eleven-x team has been a critical partner in realising our living lab approach by providing the technology and the technical expertise that is needed to create such a space within a commercial building. Getting the buy-in from the tenants of the building required a wireless system of sensors that are unobtrusive but deliver high-quality real-time data.”
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