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Title: Human-building interaction at work: Findings from an interdisciplinary cross-country survey in Italy

Abstract

This study presents results from an interdisciplinary survey assessing contextual and behavioral factors driving occupants’ interaction with building and systems in offices located across three different Mediterranean climates in Turin (Northern), Perugia (Central), and Rende (Southern) Italy. The survey instrument is grounded in an interdisciplinary framework that bridges the gap between building physics and social science environments on the energy- and comfort-related human-building interaction in the workspace. Outcomes of the survey questionnaire provide insights into four key learning objectives: (1) individual occupant's motivational drivers regarding interaction with shared building environmental controls (such as adjustable thermostats, operable windows, blinds and shades, and artificial lighting), (2) group dynamics such as perceived social norms, attitudes, and intention to share controls, (3) occupant perception of the ease of use and knowledge of how to operate control systems, and (4) occupant-perceived comfort, satisfaction, and productivity. The study attempts to identify climatic, cultural, and socio-demographic influencing factors, as well as to establish the validity of the survey instrument and robustness of outcomes for future studies. Also, the paper aims at illustrating why and how social science insights can bring innovative knowledge into the adoption of building technologies in shared contexts, thus enhancing perceived environmental satisfaction andmore » effectiveness of personal indoor climate control in office settings and impacting office workers’ productivity and reduced operational energy costs.« less

Authors:
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  1. Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States). Building Technology and Urban Systems Division
  2. Univ. of Perugia (Italy). Dept. of Engineering and CIRIAF-Interuniversity Research Center
  3. Univ. of Calabria (Italy). Dept. of Mechanical, Energy and Management Engineering
  4. Polytechnic Univ. of Turin (Italy). Dept. of Energy
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE); Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN (United States); Budapest Univ. of Technology and Economics (Hungary)
OSTI Identifier:
1436671
Grant/Contract Number:  
AC02-05CH11231
Resource Type:
Journal Article: Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Building and Environment
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 132; Journal Issue: C; Journal ID: ISSN 0360-1323
Publisher:
Elsevier
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
32 ENERGY CONSERVATION, CONSUMPTION, AND UTILIZATION; 42 ENGINEERING; Human-building interaction; Occupant behavior; Office buildings; Questionnaire survey; Interdisciplinary framework; Indoor environmental comfort

Citation Formats

D'Oca, Simona, Pisello, Anna Laura, De Simone, Marilena, Barthelmes, Verena M., Hong, Tianzhen, and Corgnati, Stefano P.. Human-building interaction at work: Findings from an interdisciplinary cross-country survey in Italy. United States: N. p., 2018. Web. doi:10.1016/j.buildenv.2018.01.039.
D'Oca, Simona, Pisello, Anna Laura, De Simone, Marilena, Barthelmes, Verena M., Hong, Tianzhen, & Corgnati, Stefano P.. Human-building interaction at work: Findings from an interdisciplinary cross-country survey in Italy. United States. doi:10.1016/j.buildenv.2018.01.039.
D'Oca, Simona, Pisello, Anna Laura, De Simone, Marilena, Barthelmes, Verena M., Hong, Tianzhen, and Corgnati, Stefano P.. Wed . "Human-building interaction at work: Findings from an interdisciplinary cross-country survey in Italy". United States. doi:10.1016/j.buildenv.2018.01.039.
@article{osti_1436671,
title = {Human-building interaction at work: Findings from an interdisciplinary cross-country survey in Italy},
author = {D'Oca, Simona and Pisello, Anna Laura and De Simone, Marilena and Barthelmes, Verena M. and Hong, Tianzhen and Corgnati, Stefano P.},
abstractNote = {This study presents results from an interdisciplinary survey assessing contextual and behavioral factors driving occupants’ interaction with building and systems in offices located across three different Mediterranean climates in Turin (Northern), Perugia (Central), and Rende (Southern) Italy. The survey instrument is grounded in an interdisciplinary framework that bridges the gap between building physics and social science environments on the energy- and comfort-related human-building interaction in the workspace. Outcomes of the survey questionnaire provide insights into four key learning objectives: (1) individual occupant's motivational drivers regarding interaction with shared building environmental controls (such as adjustable thermostats, operable windows, blinds and shades, and artificial lighting), (2) group dynamics such as perceived social norms, attitudes, and intention to share controls, (3) occupant perception of the ease of use and knowledge of how to operate control systems, and (4) occupant-perceived comfort, satisfaction, and productivity. The study attempts to identify climatic, cultural, and socio-demographic influencing factors, as well as to establish the validity of the survey instrument and robustness of outcomes for future studies. Also, the paper aims at illustrating why and how social science insights can bring innovative knowledge into the adoption of building technologies in shared contexts, thus enhancing perceived environmental satisfaction and effectiveness of personal indoor climate control in office settings and impacting office workers’ productivity and reduced operational energy costs.},
doi = {10.1016/j.buildenv.2018.01.039},
journal = {Building and Environment},
number = C,
volume = 132,
place = {United States},
year = {Wed Jan 31 00:00:00 EST 2018},
month = {Wed Jan 31 00:00:00 EST 2018}
}

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