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Building Energy Performance: The Human Factor

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People play a key part in the energy performance of buildings, through design, operation control and management. At the same time, human physiology and psychology define many of the requirements of the built environment. A building’s energy use can be 40% above expectations, due to the inefficient behaviour of its occupants, who might heat empty rooms, open windows rather than turn down heating, and forget to turn the heating down when they leave. This seminar will explore some of the research that studies the interaction between people and building energy performance from various vantage points, demonstrating the challenges in this area of investigation.

This talk is part of the Engineering Department Structures Research Seminars series.

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