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Privacy and Security

Homeowner privacy needs to be a priority during a Building America field test, because many occupied monitoring tests will reveal occupant behaviors. See human subjects research for much more on privacy policy. Additionally, implementing non-intrusive or minimally intrusive monitoring techniques should be followed as much as possible. For instance, installing a data logger in the garage is a better choice than in the living space, because not only is the data logger easily accessible to the researcher, but also it has minimal disturbance to the homeowner.

Security precautions need to be carefully taken at the project planning stage to ensure successful long term monitoring. There have been cases of field test sites having equipment and instruments stolen and vandalized in the past, which caused significant loss of time and money.