Leverage of Behavioural Patterns of Window Opening and Heating Set Point Adjustments on Energy Consumption and Thermal Comfort in Residential Buildings

Stefano Paolo Corgnati, Simona D'Oca, Valentina Fabi, Rune Korsholm Andersen

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Abstract

The current trend in reduction in energy use in buildings is oriented towards sustainable measures and techniques aimed to energy need restraint. Even so, studies have underlined large differences in energy consumption in similar buildings, suggesting strong influence of occupant behaviour. Variability due to occupants' interactions within buildings is therefore organic. Nevertheless, it is worth noting a lack of knowledge and study of the parameters influencing users' behaviour and their way of life. Existing dynamic energy simulation tools exceed the static size of the simplified methods through a better and more accurate prediction of energy use; however, they are still unable to replicate the actual dynamics that govern energy uses within buildings. Furthermore, occupant behaviour is currently described by static profiles, based on assumptions and average values of typical behaviour, which do not necessarily reflect reality accurately. The pursuit of a comfort condition in indoor environment is a result of complex correlation between different parameters and users' personal sensitivity. As a consequence, a need for always more accurate statistical occupant behaviour models, considering different behavioural patterns and preferences among indoor environmental quality, is arising. Final goal of this research is to simulate, in a more accurate way, the variation in actual energy consumption due to human interaction within buildings. In this effort, the study has highlighted which combination of users' behavioural pattern consists the most energy-saver or energy-waster behaviour in residential buildings.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 8th International Symposium on Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning
Number of pages9
Volume261
PublisherSpringer
Publication date2014
Pages23-31
Chapter3
ISBN (Print)978-3-642-39583-3
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-642-39584-0
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Event8th International Symposium on Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning - Xi' An, China
Duration: 19 Oct 201321 Oct 2013
Conference number: 8
http://www.ishvac2013.org/v2/index.php

Conference

Conference8th International Symposium on Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning
Number8
CountryChina
CityXi' An
Period19/10/201321/10/2013
Internet address
SeriesLecture Notes in Electrical Engineering
ISSN1876-1100

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