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Proceedings of BSA Conference 2017: Third Conference of IBPSA-Italy


The Diversity Challenge in Models of Occupants’ Presence in Buildings

Ardeshir Mahdavi, Farhang Tahmasebi, William O’Brien, H. Burak Gunay

Abstract: This contribution is concerned with a number of basic questions regarding inhabitants' presence in buildings: How diverse are office inhabitants' presence patterns? Aside from the differences in the absolute values of the defining markers of such patterns (e.g. arrival and departure times), to which extent do the respective distributions of the marker values differ from inhabitant to inhabitant? Are tendencies regarding presence patterns in one location transferrable to other locations? Can the diversity of presence patterns among the inhabitants be reproduced via the randomisation of the markers' mean values? To explore these questions, we use monitored presence data from two offices in two different locations. The findings point to considerable differences amongst inhabitants and locations. Moreover, an empirically observable diversity of the office workers' presence patterns cannot be simply reproduced based on the randomisation of generic presence patterns.
Pages: 339 - 344