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Proceedings of BauSim Conference 2008: 2nd Conference of IBPSA-Germany and Austria


Representing People in Building Performance Simulation

Ardeshir Mahdavi

Abstract: The presence and actions of building occupants have a significant impact on the performance of buildings (energy efficiency, indoor climate, etc.). Current practices in modeling the presence and actions of people in buildings do not display the necessary level of sophistication to reflect the complexity of people's passive and active impact on building performance. To significantly improve the state of art in representation of people's presence and control actions in buildings, solid empirically-based simulation input models are necessary. In a recent study, we observed, over a period of a year, people's interactions with the buildings' environmental systems (lighting, shading, ventilation) in a number of office buildings in Austria. The results imply the possibility of identifying certain patterns of user control behavior as a function of indoor and outdoor environmental parameters such as illuminance and irradiance.
Pages: 79 - 82