Robustness of building design with respect to energy related occupant behaviour

Valentina Fabi, Tiziana Buso, Rune Korsholm Andersen, Stefano P. Corgnati, Bjarne W. Olesen

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Abstract

Occupant behaviour is often the first reason for the discrepancy between designed and real total energy use in buildings. A possible solution to bridge this gap is designing buildings whose performances show little variations despite of alternating occupants' behaviour. The aim of this work was to investigate how occupants' behaviour varies according to the building envelope design: different input values have been chosen for three design features - thermal mass, transparency and solar shadings - in order to discover the most robust ones. The study is earned out through simulations on an office building in 3 weather climates and probabilistic models for window opening and use of shading, based on real occupants' behaviour, have been implemented. By testing the influence of building's design on occupants' behaviour, the present contribution highlights the importance of the robustness' evaluation of a building during the design phase in order to obtain more realistic energy predictions.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of BS2013
PublisherIBPSA
Publication date2013
Pages1999-2006
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Event13th Conference of International Building Performance Simulation Association - Chambéry, France
Duration: 26 Aug 201328 Aug 2013
Conference number: 13

Conference

Conference13th Conference of International Building Performance Simulation Association
Number13
CountryFrance
CityChambéry
Period26/08/201328/08/2013

Keywords

  • Architectural design
  • Climate models
  • Computer simulation
  • Office buildings
  • Structural design

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