Main physical environmental drivers of occupant behaviour with regard to space heating energy demand

Publication: Research - peer-reviewArticle in proceedings – Annual report year: 2012

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Several studies have highlighted the significant gap between the predicted energy performance of buildings and their measured actual performance. Uncertainties regarding behaviour of building occupants are one of the key factors limiting the ability of energy simulation tools to accurately predict real building energy requirements .
The paper focuses on the particular topics of space heating energy demand related to the occupants habits of adjusting heating set-points. The parameters influencing the user interaction with the heating control system are analyzed in literature for residential buildings, and the resulted influencing factors are illustrated.
Statistical analysis of data coming from measurement carried out in Danish dwellings are performed to infer the probability of adjusting the thermostatic radiators valves and to determine the relationship between the (indoor and outdoor) environmental conditions and the occupants’ heating set-point preferences. The paper aims at providing a reliable basis for a more accurate description of control action models in performance simulation applications.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication10th International Conference on Healthy Buildings 2012
Number of pages6
Volume3
PublisherInternational Society of Indoor Air Quality and Climate
Publication date2012
Pages2219-2224
ISBN (print)9781627480758
StatePublished

Conference

Conference10th International Conference on Healthy Buildings
Number10
CountryAustralia
CityBrisbane
Period08/07/1212/07/12
Internet addresshttp://hb2012.org/

Keywords

  • Occupant Behaviour, Energy modelling, Uncertainty, Indoor Environmental Quality, Energy consumption
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