Occupants' behaviour: an observation study for energy saving potential on lighting

C. de Bakker, M.B.C. Aries, H.S.M. Kort, A.L.P. Rosemann

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Abstract

Lighting tends to form a large part of the energy consumption in office buildings, which can be influenced by the use of sensors. Several sensor technologies have been developed throughout the years, like for example passive infrared systems. These are however limited in providing an understanding of occupants’ behaviour as they often only measure presence or
absence. Chair sensors form one of the latest developments. Although these provide occupancy information on a relatively fine-grained level, it is still unknown to which extent they incorporate all occupants’ behaviour. Therefore, in this study occupants’ behaviour in an open office space was observed as well as measured with chair sensors. The results suggested that chair sensors are only suitable half of the time to control lighting at an individual level. Furthermore, it was found that it is possible to tailor the lighting further to
occupants’ behaviour, and thus that even more energy can be saved on lighting use.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBEHAVE 2016 4th European Conference on Behaviour and Energy Efficiency
Pages1-12
Number of pages12
Publication statusPublished - 8 Sep 2016
EventBEHAVE 2016 4th European Conference on Behaviour and Energy Efficiency, 8-9 September 2016, Coimbra, Portugal - University of Coimbra, Portugal, Coimbra, Portugal
Duration: 8 Sep 20169 Sep 2016
http://www.uc.pt/en/org/inescc/news_inescc/behave2016

Conference

ConferenceBEHAVE 2016 4th European Conference on Behaviour and Energy Efficiency, 8-9 September 2016, Coimbra, Portugal
Abbreviated titleBEHAVE2016
CountryPortugal
CityCoimbra
Period8/09/169/09/16
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Keywords

  • occupancy patterns
  • energy consumption
  • lighting control
  • open office
  • occupancy sensors
  • office employees

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