Paper Conference

2018 Building Performance Analysis Conference and SimBuild co-organized by ASHRAE and IBPSA-USA


The Role of Space Design in Prediction of Occupancy in Multi-Functional Spaces of Public Buildings

Elham Delzendeh, Song Wu, Rima Alaaeddine
University of Huddersfield, Huddersfield, UK

Abstract: In building energy predictions, the default occupancy is defined by the space function with fixed schedules. However, the occupancy of public buildings, such as galleries, recreational and educational buildings, have great variations during high and low seasons. In multifunctional public spaces, occupancy is related to space design features, which would determine the types of activities and occupants' duration of presences. This research investigates the impacts of space design on occupancy in multifunctional spaces of public buildings using multiple cases. This study confirms that considering actual space design features will contribute in improving the accuracy of energy predictions in public buildings.
Pages: 229 - 236