Commercial buildings energy performance within context: Occupants in spotlight

Sanja Lazarova-Molnar, Mikkel Baun Kjárgaard, Hamid Reza Shaker, Bo Nørregaard Jørgensen

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Abstract

Existing commercial buildings represent a challenge in the energy efficiency domain. Energy efficiency of a building, very often equalized to a building's performance should not be observed as a standalone issue. For commercial buildings, energy efficiency needs to be observed and assessed within the context of performance of resident businesses. We examine both business performance and energy performance and how they relate to one another to conclude that building occupants, who are also employees, hold the key to optimizing both metrics in one of the most cost-efficient ways. Finally, the goal of our contribution is twofold: 1) to re-scope the concept of building performance to and show the importance to consider, handin-hand, both energy performance and performance of resident businesses, and 2) re-state the importance of the potential that lies in the active involvement of building occupants in optimizing overall building performance.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSMARTGREENS 2015 - 4th International Conference on Smart Cities and Green ICT Systems, Proceedings
EditorsMarkus Helfert, Karl-Heinz Krempels, Brian Donnellan, Cornel Klein
PublisherSciTePress
Pages306-312
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9789897581052
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes
Event4th International Conference on Smart Cities and Green ICT Systems, SMARTGREENS 2015 - Lisbon, Portugal
Duration: May 20 2015May 22 2015

Publication series

NameSMARTGREENS 2015 - 4th International Conference on Smart Cities and Green ICT Systems, Proceedings

Other

Other4th International Conference on Smart Cities and Green ICT Systems, SMARTGREENS 2015
Country/TerritoryPortugal
CityLisbon
Period5/20/155/22/15

Keywords

  • Building performance
  • Commercial buildings
  • Energy efficiency
  • Human factors
  • Occupants involvement

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Information Systems

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