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Proceedings of eSim 2016: 9th Conference of IBPSA-Canada


A toolkit for developing data-driven occupant behaviour and presence models

H. Burak Gunay, William O’Brien, Ian Beausoleil-Morrison

Abstract: An ever-increasing amount of data from building automation systems and other indoor environmental data loggers represent an untapped opportunity to analyse occupants’ presence and behaviour patterns in commercial buildings. Consequently, many emerging researchers have been entering the field of data-driven occupant modelling in buildings – particularly within IEA EBC Annex 66. Upon the methods reviewed in the literature, this paper introduces a starter toolkit for developing occupant behaviour and presence models. The toolkit contains 22 Matlab functions that take common sensory data and conduct a series of statistical analyses about the occupancy and lighting, blinds, thermostat, and plugin equipment use patterns. The paper presents the functionalities of the toolkit through an analysis conducted upon the data gathered in an academic office building in Ottawa, Canada. We made the functions and example data files publicly available with this paper.
Pages: 65 - 74