Achieving substantial energy savings in existing building stocks is a result of accurate energy audits followed by retrofitting design and applications. The aim of this focus area is to develop a proof-of-concept for a commercially-viable automated approach for the use of an Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) platform (a.k.a. drone) to inspect building envelope performance as well as other facets of energy audit data acquisition.
South Campus as a Lab for Building Envelope Diagnostics using Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS)
In this Campus as a Lab for Sustainability project, we aim to employ a framework that uses a UAS platform to audit the building envelopes of South Campus buildings as a testbed for automated campus building inspections later.
Tarek Rakha (PI), Senem Velipasalar (co-PI), Alice Gorodetsky and Amanda Liberty.
Syracuse University College of Engineering and Computer Science (CECS)
Syracuse University Campus as Laboratory for Sustainability (CALS).
Heat Mapping Drones
The project investigates the use of emerging UAS technologies to develop capabilities of conducting rapid building envelope performance diagnostics, and perform aerial assessment mapping of building energy. The goal is to transform processes for evaluating building envelope conditions, building system performance and potential for renewable energy integration.