Exploring Occupant Behavior in Buildings

Methods and Challenges

  • Andreas Wagner
  • William O’Brien
  • Bing Dong

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxviii
  2. Andreas Wagner, William O’Brien, Bing Dong
    Pages 1-5
  3. Marcel Schweiker, Salvatore Carlucci, Rune Korsholm Andersen, Bing Dong, William O’Brien
    Pages 7-38
  4. David Shipworth, Gesche M. Huebner
    Pages 39-76
  5. Bing Dong, Mikkel Baun Kjærgaard, Marilena De Simone, H. Burak Gunay, William O’Brien, Dafni Mora et al.
    Pages 77-105
  6. William O’Brien, Andreas Wagner, Julia K. Day
    Pages 107-127
  7. William O’Brien, Sara Gilani, H. Burak Gunay
    Pages 129-167
  8. Andreas Wagner, Rune Korsholm Andersen, Hui Zhang, Richard de Dear, Marcel Schweiker, Edwin Goh et al.
    Pages 169-212
  9. Da Yan, Chuang Wang, Xiaohang Feng, Bing Dong
    Pages 239-260
  10. Ardeshir Mahdavi, Mahnameh Taheri, Matthias Schuss, Farhang Tahmasebi, Stefan Glawischnig
    Pages 261-286
  11. Chien-fei Chen, Marcel Schweiker, Julia K. Day
    Pages 287-306
  12. William O’Brien, Andreas Wagner, Bing Dong
    Pages 307-310

About this book


This book is the first to comprehensively cover research methods for building occupant behavior. As this is of growing importance for building design and for building performance optimization, the book aims to provide a sound scientific basis for experimental studies in this field. It introduces the reader to fundamental questions about the topic and unfolds the different fields related to occupant actions and comfort. This is followed by more general questions about developing an appropriate research method and experimental design. A comprehensive overview of sensors for monitoring environmental and also behavioral and action-related quantities helps to set up an experiment. In this context, different experimental environments and data collection methods (in-situ, laboratories, surveys) are introduced and discussed in terms of their suitability for the respective research question. Furthermore, data management and reporting is addressed. The book concludes with fundamental challenges in conducting occupant studies, with chapters on ground truth, ethics and privacy.


Occupant Comfort Buildings Energy Efficiency Energy Comfort Research Methods Occupant Studies

Editors and affiliations

  • Andreas Wagner
    • 1
  • William O’Brien
    • 2
  • Bing Dong
    • 3
  1. 1.Building Science GroupKarlsruhe Institute of TechnologyKarlsruheGermany
  2. 2.Department of Civil and Environmental EngineeringCarleton UniversityOttawaCanada
  3. 3.Department of Mechanical EngineeringThe University of Texas at San AntonioSan AntonioUSA

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