Wireless technologies for the Construction Sector: Requirements, Energy and Cost Efficiencies

Alfred Heller, Christian Orthmann

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The construction sector has been rather reluctant with respect to the implementation of ITC innovations that other industries have adopted for years. One of the reasons could be the lack of services by the proposed innovations especially the RFID solutions. This technology is well‐researched within the building sector and is therefore used to analyse requirements for alternative technologies. The motivation
of the current work is to find upcoming technologies that bring improvements into the sector, for example improved life cycle costs and energy efficiencies, increasing quality, construction and operation efficiency and reducing faults and losses.
The paper also lays out requirements expected by the sector. It will be shown that the wireless sensor network technology is a strong competitor that may meet the requirements. By analysing the application of such technologies throughout the building lifecycle, the utilization can be manifold, hereby minimising overall economic costs and maximising the added values for all involved stakeholders.
Based on the expectations of the sector, the experiences with the introduction of the RFID technology and by estimating the applicability of the extra services that follow the wireless sensor network, the paper will line up the requirements that the new technology has to meet to be introduced successfully.
Original languageEnglish
JournalEnergy and Buildings
Pages (from-to)212-216
Publication statusPublished - 2014

Bibliographical note

Acknowledgement: The current work was supported by the Bjarne Saxhof Foundation. Thanks to their contribution


  • Wireless Sensor Networks
  • RFID
  • Building sector
  • Building lifecycle
  • Reuirements
  • Cost
  • Energy efficiency


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