International Construction Specialty Conference of the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering (ICSC) (5th : 2015)

A data analysis framework for optimizing occupant energy use while sustaining indoor environmental quality Sharmin, Tanzia; Gül, Mustafa; Al-Hussein, Mohamed


Sustaining standard indoor environmental quality (IEQ) is a crucial factor in promoting occupant health and comfort, and a significant proportion of a facility’s energy use is directed toward indoor climate control. Meanwhile, because operation of facilities accounts for a large share of the world’s energy consumption, it has warranted increased interest in efforts to design facility energy management systems that reduce energy consumption. In this context, facility managers aim to achieve the optimal balance between occupant comfort and overall energy consumption. The objective of this paper is to demonstrate a framework that assists facility managers in identifying residential occupant activities that influence energy consumption and also ascertaining any correlation or sequential activities patterns and their association with respect to IEQ. This work is facilitated by the installation of various sensors in a case study, the “Stony Mountain Plaza” project in Fort McMurray, Canada. It is expected that the extracted information and strategies acquired from the framework can be implemented within the facility management system to achieve financial, environmental, and health benefits.

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