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The human dimension of building energy performance

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The conference will gather researchers, professionals and practitioners from across the world to present and discuss the latest research on this topic.

The human factor affects significantly the actual energy performance over the building life cycle. The incorporation of behavioral insights into the building design and operation is starting to be recognized as a key topic. Research efforts are therefore needed for fully integrating human dimensions in the building energy performance: data on occupant behaviour have to be collected and properly elaborated; drivers and motivations have to be understood; indexes describing users comfort preferences and the impact on health and productivity have to be identified; new modeling approaches and tools need to be developed; design and operating strategies centered on occupants have to be defined.


This paradigm shift, based on occupants more than on advanced systems and technologies to reduce energy costs, activates a virtuous process, where not only occupants can benefit from it but also building owners, building operators and energy managers, enhancing comfort conditions and productivity and making more cost effective and energy efficient the whole process. 



Occupant Data, comfort and satisfaction

-Indoor environmental parameters (thermal, visual, aural, and olfactory comfort) in the context of energy-related occupant actions and preferences

-Health, human performance and productivity in the built environment

-Ergonomics of built environment, and design of flexible spaces

-Demand based comfort, adaptive comfort


Occupant modelling and digital tools

-Tracking and Data analysis (data mining, machine learning, artificial intelligence, statistical modelling)

-Applications of occupant behaviour models in design, evaluation and operation optimization

-Time-related factors, activity profiling and occupancy patterns

-Building energy dynamic simulations, real time simulations

-Simulated and actual energy consumption


Occupant-centric building operating strategies

-Building automation systems, Internet of Things, BIM

-Controls usability and O&M of building energy systems

-Integration of advanced techniques and tools for HVAC system design and operation

-Demand-response and smart technologies for high performing buildings Personalised comfort


Policies and social implications related to occupants and energy consumption

-Engagement, exploration and empowerment strategies

-Occupants Inter- and Intra-Individual differences for reducing inequalities

-Fuel poverty

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