A stepwise approach for assessing the appropriate occupant behaviour modelling in building performance simulation

Isabella I. Gaetani (Corresponding author), Pieter-Jan Hoes, Jan L.M. Hensen

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

22 Downloads (Pure)

Abstract

Occupant behaviour (OB) is recognized as a leading source of uncertainty in building performance predictions. Neglecting the potential influence of uncertainties on building performance could result in erroneous decision-making during the design phase. Therefore, it is essential that uncertainties are appropriately considered within building performance simulation (BPS) models. As for OB, there are various approaches to model occupant presence and actions in BPS tools. Literature shows that the appropriate modelling approach depends on the object and purpose of the simulation, which makes it difficult to favour a method over another a priori. Moreover, there is very little support for selecting the most appropriate modelling approach. As a result, OB is modelled in practice in various ways, mostly dictated by intuition and habit. This study builds on previous literature to introduce and test a complete approach for appropriate OB modelling. The method can be generalized and readily applied to design questions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)362-377
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Building Performance Simulation
Volume13
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 3 May 2020

Keywords

  • OB modelling
  • fit-for-purpose
  • occupant behaviour
  • uncertainty

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'A stepwise approach for assessing the appropriate occupant behaviour modelling in building performance simulation'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

  • Cite this