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Understanding Residential Occupant Cooling Behaviour through Electricity Consumption in Warm-Humid Climate

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Kumar Biswajit DebnathORCiD


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According to the India Energy Security Scenario 2047, the number of residential air conditioner (A/C) units may increase seven-fold by 2037 as compared to 2017. Also, the related energy consumption might increase four times in the next two decades, according to India’s National Cooling Action Plan. Therefore, the study of occupant cooling behaviour is essential to reduce and manage the significant electricity demand, helping to formulate and implement climate-specific cooling policies, and to adopt low-energy and low-cost technologies at mass-market scale. The study aims to analyse residential electricity consumption in order to investigate occupant behaviour, especially for thermal comfort by using space cooling and mechanical ventilation technologies. Among the five climate zones in India, this study focuses on the occupant behaviour in a warm-humid climate using Auroville as a case study, where climate analysis of the past 30 years demonstrated progression towards unprecedented warmer weather in the last five years. In this study, electricity consumption data from 18 households (flats) were monitored for seven months (November 2018–June 2019). The study also elaborated the limitations faced while monitoring and proposed a data filling methodology to create a complete daily profile for analysing occupant behaviour through electricity consumption. The results of the data-driven approach demonstrated the characteristics and complexities in occupant behaviour and insight on the operation of different technologies to attain thermal comfort in residential buildings in an increasingly warming climate.

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Author(s): Debnath KB, Jenkins DP, Patidar S, Peacock AD

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Buildings

Year: 2020

Volume: 10

Issue: 4

Online publication date: 19/04/2020

Acceptance date: 15/04/2020

ISSN (electronic): 2075-5309

Publisher: MDPI


DOI: 10.3390/buildings10040078


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