Editors: Enedir Ghisi, Ricardo Forgiarini Rupp, Pedro Fernandes Pereira

Series Title: Frontiers in Civil Engineering

Occupant Behaviour in Buildings: Advances and Challenges

Volume 6

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ISSN: 2468-4694 (Print)
ISSN: 2468-4708 (Online)
ISBN: 978-1-68108-833-4 (Print)
ISBN: 978-1-68108-832-7 (Online)
Year of Publication: 2021
DOI: 10.2174/97816810883271210601


Occupant behaviour in buildings is a point of interest for building designers around the world. Functional buildings have a significant energy demand; therefore, improving the thermal and energy performance of such buildings requires knowledge about the variables that influence them. However, to increase the potential for improving thermal and energy performance of buildings, studies must also consider the occupant’s interactions with the built environment. The occupant behaviour influences the conditions of the internal environment through the occupation of indoor building spaces and through the interaction with building elements, such as air-conditioning, lighting, blinds and windows. Occupant Behaviour in Buildings: Advances and Challenges brings together reviews of these influential aspects, presenting updates on advances and questions that pose challenges in our current understanding of behavioural modeling and its application to building design. Special topics covered in the book include methods to survey occupant behavior, building design choices, occupant behaviour impact on a building's thermal and energy efficiency, and,finally, a simulation of occupants in a building.

Key Features

- Presents up-to-date information on occupant behaviour in buildings

- Eight chapters, written by renowned researchers, provide readers with useful insights on the subject

- Includes a case study of buildings in Brazil

- Structured reader-friendly content

- References for further reading

This reference is an informative resource for students and professionals in architecture, civil engineering, building information design, and urban planning. Readers interested in social and behavioural sciences will also gain insights on research methods that are helpful in investigating human behavior in urban dwellings.


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List of Contributors

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Exploring The Potential of Combining Technological Innovations with Qualitative Methods in Occupant Behaviour Research

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Mateus V. Bavaresco*, Ricardo F. Rupp, Enedir Ghisi
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Monitoring Occupant Window Opening Behaviour in Buildings: A Critical Review

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Shen Wei*, Yan Ding, Wei Yu
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Supporting the Decision-making Process of Building Users in the Selection of Energy-Efficient Heating Solutions by Identifying and Evaluating Co-benefits

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Ricardo Barbosa*, Manuela Almeida
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The Impact of Occupants in Thermal Comfort and Energy Efficiency in Buildings

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António Ruano*, Karol Bot, Maria da Graça Ruano
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Detecting Occupant Actions in Buildings and the Drivers of Their Behaviour

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Pedro F. Pereira*, Nuno M. M. Ramos
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The (Not So) Close Relationship Between Occupancy and Windows Operation

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Aline Schaefer*, João Vitor Eccel, Enedir Ghisi
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Investigating the Uncertainties of Occupant Behaviour in Building Performance Simulation: A Case Study in Dwellings in Brazil

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Arthur Santos Silva*
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Indoor Climate Management of Museums: the Impact of Ventilation on Conservation, Human Health and Comfort

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Hugo Entradas Silva*, Fernando M. A. Henriques
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Subject Index

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