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The ambivalence of personal control over indoor climate - How much personal control is adequate?

Hellwig, R. T.; Schweiker, M. 1; Boerstra, A.
1 Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT)


Literature sets personal control over indoor environmental conditions in relation to the gap between predicted and actual energy use, the gap between predicted and observed user satisfaction, and health aspects. A focus on building energy performance often leads to the proposal of more automated and less occupant control of the indoor environment. However, a high degree of personal control is desirable because research shows that a low degree (or no) personal control highly correlates with indoor environmental dissatisfaction and sick building syndrome symptoms. These two tendencies seem contradictory and optimisation almost impossible. Based on current efficiency classes describing the effect of room automation systems on building energy use during operation, fundamental thoughts related to thermophysiology and control, recent laboratory experiments, important lessons learnt from post-occupancy studies, and documented conceptual frameworks on the level of control perceived, we discuss the ambivalence of personal control and how much personal control is adequate. Often-proposed solutions ranging from fully automated controls, over manual controls to dummy controls are discussed according to their effect on a) building energy use during operation and b) occupants perceived control. ... mehr

Verlagsausgabe §
DOI: 10.5445/IR/1000123022
Veröffentlicht am 13.09.2020
DOI: 10.1051/e3sconf/202017206010
Zitationen: 9
Zitationen: 10
Cover der Publikation
Zugehörige Institution(en) am KIT Institut Entwerfen und Bautechnik (IEB)
Publikationstyp Zeitschriftenaufsatz
Publikationsdatum 30.06.2020
Sprache Englisch
Identifikator ISSN: 2267-1242, 2555-0403
KITopen-ID: 1000123022
Erschienen in E3S Web of Conferences
Verlag EDP Open
Band 172
Seiten Art. Nr.: 06010
Bemerkung zur Veröffentlichung 12th Nordic Symposium on Building Physics, NSB 2020; Tallinn; Estonia; 6 September 2020 through 9 September 2020
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