Recorded Sessions from the Annex 79 Symposium

All presentations from the 6 sessions of the 5th Internationl Symposium on Occupant Behaviour are freely available to view.

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Case Studies on Occupant-Centric Modelling

Niels Lassen – Introduction to PhD Thesis: Subjective Data-Streams for Indoor Climate Assessment in Buildings

Lucile Sarran – Learning to Live in Low-Energy Dwellings: A Mixed-Methods Case Study 

Verena M. Barthelmes – Capturing Real-Time Motivations Behind Human-Building Interactions: The OBdrive App

Gary Raw – Evaluating Varying Comfort

Sarah Weiner – Case Study: Reasons of Office Occupant’s Dissatisfaction with an Automated Lighting Control System

Ardeshir Mahdavi – Impact of Visual and Auditory Factors on Perceived Thermal Comfort: A Case Study


Other Building Occupant-Related Research

Liam O’Brien – Does Teleworking Save Energy? A Critical Review of Quantitative Studies and their Research Methods

Alan Wang – A Systematic Approach to Preserve Privacy in Smart Buildings

Victoria Aragon – Understanding New Technology and their Impacts on Occupants

Jean Rouleau – Towards Low-Energy Housing in the Canadian North from an Occupant-Centric Perspective

Maareva Payet – User Behaviour in Low-Environmental Impact Buildings in Tropical Climates

Nan Gao – N-Gage: Sensing in-class Multidimensional Learning Engagement in the Wild


Modelling and Simulation, Session 2

Clara-Larissa Lorenz – Generic vs. Occupant Specific Behaviour Modelling in Building Simulation and Building Automation

Julia K. Day – What Does a Zero Energy and Zero Carbon Tenant Look Like?

Isabel Mino-Rodriguez – Effectiveness of Feedforward Information System on Occupant’s Behaviour 

Adrian Chong – Quantifying the Impact of Occupant Presence on Building Energy Simulation with Real and Synthetic Data

Anooshmita Das – Prediction of Indoor Clothing Insulation Levels: A Comparison of Different Machine Learning Approaches

Alasdair Mann – Analysis of Occupants Presence in Homes

Tareq Abuimara – The Impact of Occupants’ Distribution on Energy and Comfort in a Case study Office Building


Modelling and Simulation, Session 1

Miklós Horváth – Occupant Behaviour Profile Development based on Smart Meter Data

Mohamed Ouf – Analysing Smart Thermostat Data and Unregulated Loads to Support the Canadian Net Zero Energy Ready Code

Ardeshir Mahdavi – Agent-Based Modelling of Building Occupants: Promise and Challenges  

Clarice Bleil de Souza – Inserting Occupant Behaviour Models Within the Workflow of Practitioners: A Practice-Based Perspective

Tianzhen Hong – Is a Zero-Net-Energy (ZNE) Home Really ZNE? 

Marika Vellei – Demand Response Events in Residential Buildings: Not Noticeable at All?

Benjamin Halls – Occupant Behaviour and SAP: Integration of Stochastic Occupancy Modelling into Compliance Tools


Occupant-Centric Building Controls

Brodie W. Hobson – Implementation of Occupancy-Based Predictive Controls for Outdoor Air Intake Dampers: Lessons Learned

Clayton Miller – What do Occupants Want? Let’s Ask Them Using Smart Watches and Cozie

Philip Agee – A Human-Centered Approach to Residential Buildings 

Ghadeer Derbas – Optimization of Solar Shading Control Strategies in Terms of User Behaviour, Energy Performance, Visual and Thermal Comfort

June Young Park – A Reinforcement Learning for Occupant Centric Thermostat Control

Shen Wei – Monitoring Occupant Window Opening Behaviour in Buildings and Relevant Influential Parameters: A Critical Review

Michael Kane – Preliminary Insights into Interviews with Building Energy Mangers Regarding Occupant Centric Control


Personalised Comfort and Building Controls

Yimin Zhu – Exploring Thermal Comfort in Immersive Virtual Environment

Sarah Crosby – Extending the Fanger PMV Model to Include the Effect of Non-Thermal IEQ Conditions on Occupant’s Thermal Comfort

Simona D’Oca – Are Comfortable Temperature Ranges Healthy? 

Matteo Favero – Energy Flexibility of Buildings: Understanding how Thermal Acceptability can Enable Demand-Response Strategies

Michael Kane – Occupant-Centric Control with Personalized and Contextual Thermal Comfort Behaviour Dynamics Prediction

Fillipo Vittori – On Multidimensional Comfort: Multi-Parametric Experimental Experiment Within a BIM Designed Virtual Environment