The Smart Building Living Lab

The SmartLAB (Smart Building Living Lab) project adopts a living lab approach, to work directly with end users across a range of use cases, to examine financial and technical barriers to the deployment of smart technologies in Ireland’s buildings.

Working with Fab Lab Limerick, Limerick City and County Council, IES R&D, The Convex Lens and Carrig Conservation International, SmartLAB will install wireless sensor technology in 50 to 100 buildings in Limerick city centre and create a framework for upgrading existing buildings to be smart using DIY toolkits and off the shelf components.

The project will identify the city-scale infrastructure that could be deployed to reduce the costs for building owners investing in their smart readiness; and identify methods to encourage uptake of the Smart Readiness Indicator (SRI) and associated smart services (energy and non-energy) that can empower smart energy citizens. It will explore potential opportunities arising from the adoption of frameworks such as the EU Smart Readiness Indicator in Ireland.

The SmartLAB project is led by the Department of Economics at University of Limerick. It is funded through the SEAI National Energy Research Development and Demonstration (RD&D) Funding Programme and aims to further a smart, sustainable and resilient low carbon economy in Ireland.