Introducing and testing a strategy for fit-for-purpose occupant behavior modeling in a simulation-aided building design process

I. Gaetani, P. Hoes, J.L.M. Hensen

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Abstract

Occupant behavior (OB) is among the most influential causes of uncertainty in building performance predictions. Not considering the potential influence of uncertainties on building performance could mislead the decision-making process during the design phase. Hence, it is crucial to include the modeling of uncertainties within building performance simulation (BPS) models. As for uncertainties due to OB, there are a number of ways to model them in BPS tools, characterized by different levels of complexity. Literature shows that the appropriate modeling approach depends on the object and purpose of the simulation, which makes it difficult for the simulationist to favor a method over another a priori. Moreover, there are currently no guidelines which offer support for selecting the most appropriate modeling approach. This study seeks to fill this gap by proposing a step-by-step strategy – the fit-for-purpose occupant behavior modeling (FFP-OBm) strategy – to select the appropriate OB modeling complexity.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 15th International IBPSA Conference (Building Simulation 2017)
Place of PublicationSan Francisco
Pages2085-2092
ISBN (Electronic)978-0-692-89710-2
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2017
Event15th International IBPSA Building Simulation Conference (BS 2017), 7-9 August 2017, San Francisco, California, USA: the 15th International Conference of IBPSA - Hyatt Regency Embarcadero, San Francisco, United States
Duration: 7 Aug 20179 Aug 2017
http://www.buildingsimulation2017.org/
http://www.buildingsimulation2017.org/

Conference

Conference15th International IBPSA Building Simulation Conference (BS 2017), 7-9 August 2017, San Francisco, California, USA
Abbreviated titleIBPSA2017
CountryUnited States
CitySan Francisco
Period7/08/179/08/17
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