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The Scientific World Journal
Volume 2014, Article ID 528410, 13 pages
Research Article

Development and Application of a ZigBee-Based Building Energy Monitoring and Control System

1School of Architecture, Southeast University, Nanjing 210096, China
2Key Laboratory of Urban and Architectural Heritage Conservation (Southeast University), Ministry of Education, Nanjing 210096, China
3IIUSE, Southeast University, Nanjing 210096, China
4School of Automation, Southeast University, Nanjing 210096, China

Received 2 May 2014; Accepted 29 June 2014; Published 28 August 2014

Academic Editor: Hua Bai

Copyright © 2014 Changhai Peng and Kun Qian. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Increasing in energy consumption, particularly with the ever-increasing growth and development of urban systems, has become a major concern in most countries. In this paper, the authors propose a cost-effective ZigBee-based building energy monitoring and control system (ZBEMCS), which is composed of a gateway, a base station, and sensors. Specifically, a new hardware platform for power sensor nodes is developed to perform both local/remote power parameter measurement and power on/off switching for electric appliances. The experimental results show that the ZBEMCS can easily monitor energy usage with a high level of accuracy. Two typical applications of ZBEMCS such as subentry metering and household metering of building energy are presented. The former includes lighting socket electricity, HVAC electricity, power electricity and special electricity. The latter includes household metering according to the campus’s main function zone and each college or department. Therefore, this system can be used for energy consumption monitoring, long-term energy conservation planning, and the development of automated energy conservation for building applications.