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Proceedings of eSim 2022: 12th Conference of IBPSA-Canada


Quantification of teleworking impact on energy consumption and thermal comfort in residential buildings

Melina Sirati, William O'Brien, Cynthia A. Cruickshank
Carleton University, Canada

Abstract: Some Canadian residents may adjust their thermostat up in the summer, down in the winter when they are away for more than a few hours to help save energy. In the case of teleworkers, some energy may be wasted as the remaining spaces in the home are unoccupied. This paper aims to quantify the energy consumption and thermal comfort of various HVAC control schemes. This work investigated the effect of using a smart thermostat for multiple teleworking scenarios. Findings indicated that teleworking increased the building energy consumption by 4% maximum, whereas it increased the thermal discomfort by 54% maximum.
Keywords: Teleworking, Residential Buildings, Partial occupancy, Thermal comfort, Smart thermostat