Occupant Behaviour in Buildings: Advances and Challenges
eISBN: 978-1-68108-832-7, 2021 ISBN: 978-1-68108-833-4 ISSN: 2468-4694 (Print) ISSN: 2468-4708 (Online)
Occupant behaviour in buildings is a point of interest for building designers around the world. Functional buildings have a significant energy demand; therefore, improving the thermal and energy performance of such buildings requires knowledge about the variables that influence them. However, to increase the potential for improving thermal and energy performance of buildings, studies must also consider the occupant’s interactions with the built environment. The occupant behaviour influences the conditions of the internal environment through the occupation of indoor building spaces and through the interaction with building elements, such as air-conditioning, lighting, blinds and windows. Occupant Behaviour in Buildings: Advances and Challenges brings together reviews of these influential aspects, presenting updates on advances and questions that pose challenges in our current understanding of behavioural modeling and its application to building design. Special topics covered in the book include methods to survey occupant behavior, building design choices, occupant behaviour impact on a building's thermal and energy efficiency, and,finally, a simulation of occupants in a building.
Federal University of Santa Catarina Department of Civil Engineering Laboratory of Energy Efficiency in Buildings Florianópolis-SC, Brazil
Ricardo Forgiarini Rupp,
Technical University of Denmark Department of Civil Engineering International Centre for Indoor Environment and Energy Kongens Lyngby, Denmark
Pedro Fernandes Pereira
University of Porto Department of Civil Engineering Building Physics Laboratory, Portugal