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Energy in the home: everyday life and the effect on time of use

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posted on 18.09.2013 by Paula Cosar-Jorda, Richard Buswell, Lynda Webb, Kerstin Leder Mackley, Roxana Morosanu, Sarah Pink
The application of building simulation and modelling is becoming more widespread, particularly in the analysis of residential buildings. The energy consumption and control of systems in residential buildings are tightly linked to the behaviour of people, arguably more so than in commercial buildings which have traditionally been the preserve of building simulation analysis. The input profiles used in simulation pay little attention to the link between numerical characterisations of observed ‘behaviour’ and the way people actually live in the home. Understanding this is important if we are to improve the modelling of buildings, gain greater insight into energy consumption and make better decisions about future energy production and generation. This paper explores this link by combining conventional numerical analysis of appliance data with insights from the ethnographic study of families in 20 UK homes. Ethnographic insights provide a context to the analysis and understanding of monitoring data that would not otherwise be possible. Importantly, this paper highlights the need to rethink previously static notions of simulation input, such as occupancy and individual appliance use.


This paper has forms part of the work produced under the LEEDR: Low Effort Energy Demand Reduction Project based at Loughborough University, UK. The work was funded through the TEDDI call managed by the RCUK Digital Economy and Energy programmes [EPSRC grant Number EP/I000267/1].



  • Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering


COSAR-JORDA, P. ... et al., 2013. Energy in the home: everyday life and the effect on time of use. IN: Proceedings of the 13th International Conference of the International Building Performance Simulation Association, Chambery, France, 25-28 August 2013, pp. 1722 - 1729.




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This paper was presented at Building Simulation 2013: the 13th Conference of International Building Performance Simulation Association, Chambéry, France, 25-28 August 2013, http://www.bs2013.fr/




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