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An experimental lab study of interaction between building energy-efficient measures and occupants’ behaviors

Research project Many studies merely focus on adoption energy efficient measures (EEMs), rather than to bring a structured understanding of how these measures will influence occupant behavior and how the changes in occupant behavior will, in turn, impact expected energy savings caused by EEMs. As a result, the modeling and analysis of interaction between EEMs and occupants’ behaviors is insufficient to reach occupant-centric energy efficient.

To the best of our knowledge, the project is an original research to explore the interaction among energy, EEMs and occupant behavior using lab experiment. Students are the most important target group in the research. The project will publish a guide to outline how students can incorporated energy-saving behavior into daily routines and activities for promoting last behavior change. For enhancing the awareness of how individual behavior may influence energy efficient of the building, we will open a course to transfer knowledge to students.

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Project overview

Project period:

2022-08-01 2024-12-31

Participating departments and units at Umeå University

Department of Applied Physics and Electronics

Research area

Energy engineering

External funding

Swedish Energy Agency

External funding