Paper Conference

Proceedings of Building Simulation 2017: 15th Conference of IBPSA


A Novel Occupant-Focused Framework to Test Community-Scale Building Energy Feedback

Elie Azar, Min Lin
Department of Engineering Systems and Management Masdar Institute of Science and Technology Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE)

Abstract: A novel agent-based modeling framework is presented to simulate and test community-scale building energy feedback. The proposed framework expands the scope of previous studies in the literature that were mostly limited to testing feedback on individual, rather than group, of buildings. A case study of 35 office buildings indicates that comparative energy feedback involving occupants from different buildings leads to significantly higher energy savings than one with a single-building approach. The findings motivate the need for community-scale feedback initiatives, which are now made possible through recent advancements in information and communication technologies as well as social networking platforms.
Pages: 475 - 481