Advances in research and applications of energy-related occupant behavior in buildings

TitleAdvances in research and applications of energy-related occupant behavior in buildings
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsHong, Tianzhen, Sarah C. Taylor-Lange, Simona D'Oca, Da Yan, and Stefano P. Corgnati
JournalEnergy and Buildings
Volume116
Start Page694
Date Published11/2016
KeywordsBehavior Modeling, Building design and operation, building performance simulation, energy use, occupant behavior
Abstract

Occupant behavior is one of the major factors influencing building energy consumption and contributing
to uncertainty in building energy use prediction and simulation. Currently the understanding of occupant
behavior is insufficient both in building design, operation and retrofit, leading to incorrect simplifications
in modeling and analysis. This paper introduced the most recent advances and current obstacles in modeling
occupant behavior and quantifying its impact on building energy use. The major themes include
advancements in data collection techniques, analytical and modeling methods, and simulation applications
which provide insights into behavior energy savings potential and impact. There has been growing
research and applications in this field, but significant challenges and opportunities still lie ahead.
© 2015 The Authors. Published by Elsevier B.V. This is an open access article under the CC BY-NC-ND

DOI10.1016/j.enbuild.2015.11.052
LBNL Report Number

LBNL-1004497