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Proceedings of eSim 2018: 10th Conference of IBPSA-Canada


Assessing the Impact of Changes in Occupants on Design Decision Making

Tareq I. A. Abuimara, William O’Brien, H. Burak Gunay, Juan Sebastián Carrizo

Abstract: This paper presents an assessment of the impact of the changes in occupancy and occupant behaviour schedules (i.e. lighting, plug loads, and occupancy) on the ranking of building design upgrades. The NECB medium office archetype model was used as a base model and a group of twenty design options were generated and simulated. Measured occupancy, lighting and plug loads data were used to generate three modified base models with maximum, average and minimum profiles. The same group of design options were simulated using the three modified base models. A rank list of the four occupant scenarios of design options based on their total site energy were generated and compared. The results indicated considerable change in the ranking of design options with the different occupancy, lighting and plug loads inputs.
Keywords: occupant behaviour, building design, BPS-aided design, design option, ranking, design decision.
Pages: 321 - 330