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Towards a rigorous consideration of occupant behaviours of residential households for effective electrical energy savings: An overview

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Bouktif, Salah, Ouni, Ali et Lazarova-Molnar, Sanja. 2022. « Towards a rigorous consideration of occupant behaviours of residential households for effective electrical energy savings: An overview ». Energies, vol. 15, nº 5.

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Abstract

There are two primary ways to save energy within a building: (1) through improving building engineering structures and adopting efficient appliance ownership, and (2) through changing occupants’ energy-consuming behaviors. Unfortunately the second way suffers from many challenges and limitations. Occupant behavior is, indeed, a complex and multi-disciplinary concept depending on several human factors. Although its importance is recognized by the energy management community, it is often oversimplified and naively defined when used to study, analyze or model energy load. This paper aims at promoting the definition of occupant behavior as well as exploring the extent to which the latter is involved in research works, targeting directly or indirectly energy savings. Hence, in this work, we propose an overview of interdisciplinary research approaches that consider occupants’ energy-saving behaviors, while we present the big picture and evaluate how occupant behavior is defined, we also propose a categorization of the major works that consider energy-consuming occupant behavior. Our findings via a literature review methodology, based on a bibliometric study, reveal a growth of the number of research works involving occupant behavior to model load forecasting and household segmentation. We have equally identified a research trend showing an increasing interest in studying how to successfully change occupant behaviors towards energy saving.

Item Type: Peer reviewed article published in a journal
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Ouni, Ali
Affiliation: Génie logiciel et des technologies de l'information
Date Deposited: 07 Mar 2022 19:06
Last Modified: 10 Mar 2022 19:02
URI: https://espace2.etsmtl.ca/id/eprint/24045

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