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Proceedings of BSA Conference 2015: Second Conference of IBPSA-Italy


Aspects of uncertainty in representation of occupants’ diversity in building performance simulation

Ardeshir Mahdavi, Farhang Tahmasebi

Abstract: Recently, increased efforts have been invested to enhance the sophistication of occupancy modelling approaches in building performance simulation. However, the effectiveness of such approaches depends on the robustness of the underlying empirical information. Thereby, an important question pertains to the existence and level of inter-individual differences in occupancy patterns. In the present contribution, we use a repository of monitored occupancy data in an office building to address this problem empirically. The results of the study facilitate a discussion of the diversity in observed occupancy profiles and the implications for relevant occupancy models in building performance simulation.
Pages: 23 - 26