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


Summer window use behaviour in air-conditioned condominiums

Ruth Tamas, William O’Brien, Burak Gunay

Abstract: This paper presents a case study conducted to better understand occupants’ window use behaviour in airconditioned condominium units. Window state and temperature data loggers were deployed in twelve condominium units in Ottawa, Canada. Occupants participated in interviews addressing their comfort, and they reported their window use in provided log sheets. The window use patterns were analyzed with concurrent indoor temperature and local weather data. Multivariate logistic regression models were developed by using a forward stepwise regressor selection approach. The results indicate that the window opening and closing actions were executed infrequently, and on average the windows remained open during 18% of the monitoring period. Outdoor temperature appears to be the best of the studied predictors to explain the occupants’ window use behaviour. Occupants’ self-reported window opening and closing actions were shown to be unreliable.
Keywords: Occupant behaviour; Window use behaviour; Condominiums It is especially important to accurately simulate the window
Pages: 502 - 511