Publications in Scientific Journals:

A. Mahdavi:
"Patterns and Implications of User Control Actions in Buildings";
Indoor and Built Environment, 18 (2009), 5; 440 - 446.

English abstract:
The control actions by the inhabitants of buildings can
significantly affect the energy performance of buildings
and their environmental impact. However, relatively few
studies have investigated such actions in detail and on a
long-term basis. In most buildings, occupants operate
control devices such as windows, shades, luminaries,
radiators, and fans to bring about desirable indoor
environmental conditions. Knowledge of such user
actions is crucial for accurate prediction of building
performance (energy use, indoor climate) and effective
operation of building service systems. The present
contribution describes an effort to observe controloriented
occupant behavior in office buildings in Austria
over a period of 1 year. Thereby, user control actions as
related to one or more of the building systems for
ambient lighting, shading, window ventilation, and
heating were monitored together with indoor and outdoor
environmental parameters. The collected data has
been analyzed to explore relationships between the
kinds and frequency of the control actions and the
magnitude and dynamism of indoor and outdoor
environmental changes. Moreover, implications of user
actions for energy use are studied.

User control actions E Behavioral models E Lighting E Shading

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