Occupant-centric control in non-residential buildings

Quinten Carton*, Jakub Kolarik, Hilde Breesch

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Current HVAC control systems assume occupant-related information, i.e., preferences, occupancy and behaviour. Furthermore, occupants often have limited control over the indoor environment in non-residential buildings. As a result, occupants are often dissatisfied with the indoor environmental quality (IEQ). This study works towards defining a novel occupant-centric control (OCC) framework which integrates occupants’ feedback regarding their satisfaction with the IEQ. This study collected both occupant satisfaction assessments via surveys and IEQ measurement data in various case studies. The collected data is used to (1) determine the statistical relationships between occupant satisfaction and IEQ and (2) develop personalized models to predict occupants’ satisfaction with IEQ. Afterwards, the developed personalized models will be integrated in an occupant-centric controller. A suitable consensus strategy, seeking the most optimal conditions in case of conflicting occupant preferences, is determined to make the OCC system applicable in multi-occupancy spaces, such as, classrooms and open-plan offices.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of 42nd AIVC Conference
Publication date2022
ISBN (Electronic)2-930471-63-1
Publication statusPublished - 2022
Event42nd AIVC - 10th TightVent & 8th Venticool Conference - Hilton Hotel, Rotterdam, Netherlands
Duration: 5 Oct 20226 Oct 2022
Conference number: 42


Conference42nd AIVC - 10th TightVent & 8th Venticool Conference
LocationHilton Hotel
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  • Occupant-centric control
  • Occupant satisfaction
  • Indoor Environmental Quality
  • All-air HVAC systems


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