Overview of occupant behaviour in modelling high-performance residential buildings

Luyi Xu, O. Guerra-Santin, Stella Boess

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As the goal-setting in the European Green Deal is to reach carbon neutrality by 2050, great efforts have been put to improve the energy efficiency in residential buildings. As residential buildings are towards high energy efficiency, building envelopes are becoming better thermally insulated and systems are becoming more energy-efficient. Therefore, the role of occupants in the actual building performance is becoming more important. However, contradictions exist between the uncertainties caused by occupant behaviour (OB) and the over-simplified consideration of OB in building design. Therefore, this paper aims to present a state-of-the-art of how OB is represented in residential buildings. Through a literature study, this paper first reviews different occupant behaviours and how they are considered in the design and operation of high-performance residential buildings. Modelling methods are categorized by occupant activities. In addition, behavioural theories in the application of analysing building performance are reviewed. How the behavioural theories are integrated with state-of-the-art building technologies is outlined. Finally, challenges and suggestions for representing the interaction between occupants and buildings in the design and operation of residential buildings are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication IOP Conf. Ser.: Earth Environ. Sci.
PublisherIOP Publishing Ltd.
Publication statusPublished - 2022

Publication series

NameIOP Conference Series: Earth and Environmental Science
PublisherInstitute of Physics
ISSN (Print)1755-1307


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