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User Behaviours and Preferences for Low Carbon Homes: Lessons for predicting energy demand

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Neveen Hamza, Dr Zi Qian


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This research investigates the risk of overheating in three newly developed zero-carbon affordable housing schemes in the North of England, UK. Internal occupancy loads and window opening behaviour modelling profiles were created based upon post-occupancy interview analysis and observations coupled with findings from the literature. The interviews and simulations consistently revealed a sustainability tipping point, a combination of behavioural and social issues in the higher code compliance homes that together led to overheating even in winter. Results indicate that even when all windows are opened from 6a.m.-11p.m. the risk of overheating still exists for over 30% of the occupied time in summer. This research raises further questions on how occupants’ behaviours should be factored into modelling for regulatory compliance.

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Author(s): Hamza N, Qian Z, Stein O

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: 14th International Conference of the International Building Performance Simulation Association

Year of Conference: 2015

Print publication date: 07/12/2015

Acceptance date: 05/09/2015