Ten questions concerning occupant-centric control and operations

Zoltan Nagy, Burak Gunay, Clayton Miller, Jakob Hahn, Mohamed M. Ouf, Seungjae Lee, Brodie W. Hobson, Tareq Abuimara, Karol Bandurski, Maíra André, Clara Larissa Lorenz, Sarah Crosby, Bing Dong, Zixin Jiang, Yuzhen Peng, Matteo Favero, June Young Park, Kingsley Nweye, Pedram Nojedehi, Helen StoppsLucile Sarran, Connor Brackley, Katherine Bassett, Krissy Govertsen, Nicole Koczorek, Oliver Abele, Emily Casavant, Michael Kane, Zheng O'Neill, Tao Yang, Julia Day, Brent Huchuk, Runa T. Hellwig, Marika Vellei

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Occupant-Centric Control and Operation (OCC) represents a transformative approach to building management, integrating sensing of indoor environmental quality, occupant presence, and occupant-building interactions. These data are then utilized to optimize both operational efficiency and occupant comfort. This paper summarizes the findings from the IEA-EBC Annex 79 research program's subtask on real world implementations of OCC during the past 5 years. First, in Q1 and Q2, we provide a definition and categorization of OCC. Q3 addresses the role of building operators for OCC, while Q4 describes the implications for designers. Then, Q5 and Q6 discuss the role and possibilities of OCC for load flexibility, and for pandemic induced paradigm shifts in the built environment, respectively. In Q7, we provide a taxonomy and selection process of OCC, while Q8 details real world implementation case studies. Finally, Q9 explains the limits of OCC, and Q10 provides a vision for future research opportunities. Our findings offer valuable insights for researchers, practitioners, and policy makers, contributing to the ongoing discourse on the future of building operations management.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number110518
JournalBuilding and Environment
StatePublished - Aug 15 2023

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Engineering
  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Building and Construction


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