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Intelligent Human-Buildings Interactions Lab: Identify, Quantify and Guide Energy-saving Behavior at University Campus

Research project As far as we know, the project is unique in its approach to using laboratory experiments to explore the interaction between energy use, energy efficiency measures and the behavior of the residents at the Intelligent Human Buildings Interactions Lab (IHBI).

The interaction between occupant behaviors and energy retrofitting measures is a complex and often oversimplified scenario, which has resulted in the failure of energy retrofitting. The success of energy retrofitting measures heavily relies on the systematic modeling and analysis of the interaction scenarios.

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Project overview

Project period:

2023-01-01 2025-12-31

Participating departments and units at Umeå University

Department of Applied Physics and Electronics

Research area

Building technology, Electrical, electronic and system engineering, Energy engineering

External funding


Project description

The Swedish energy agency report highlights the significance of interactions between people and buildings' energy systems in maintaining appropriate indoor temperatures without leading to excess heating demand.

Therefore, the overall objective of this research is to explore the interaction scenarios to identify, quantify, and guide energy-saving behavior at the University Campus. The research is structured in an interlinked working package (WPs), and it introduces a new opportunity for utilizing the Intelligent Human-Buildings Interaction Lab to promote energy-saving behavior on the university campus. The research targets students living in student apartments.

As Umeå Municipality is a university town, the impact of the research is expected to be very high.

External funding

Latest update: 2023-04-13