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A Methodology to Develop a User-Behaviour Tool to Optimize Building Users' Comfort and Energy Use

Calis, Gulben; Corchero Rodriguez, Aitor; Göksal-Özbalta, Türkan; Enrich Sard, Regina; Arnaiz, Aitor; Lazaro, Ignacio; Sakkas, Nikos

The total amount of energy spent in buildings is quite significant, reaching up to 40% of the world’s total energy
usage. Accordingly, the EU has set goals requiring zero CO2 emission in buildings by 2020 to respond to the
increasing energy demand and started continuously supporting innovative research approaches for improving
energy efficiency in buildings. However, innovative approaches cover the challenges in specific parts (specific
facilities, building functionalities, etc.) of both new buildings and renovation of existing buildings. Therefore, main
challenge in current building facilities is scaling up of the building innovative approaches in combination with the
building usage. So, it is crucial to influence the complex interaction between users and buildings. To reinforce the
building configuration and adaption according to the occupants’ behaviour, this paper presents a methodology
to construct a building-user interaction. This methodology aims at developing data mining algorithms and
semantic models with stream reasoning capabilities that allows occupants and facility managers to monitor
and control the energy consumption, to detect the energy inefficiencies and to generate recommendations to
reduce energy consumption whilst increasing occupant comfort. The proposed methodology is modular which
could be integrated in the existing building management systems and that is promising to reduce energy use in
existing buildings.

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