International Energy Agency EBC - Annex 79 project - Occupant-Centric Building Design and Operation [2018-2023]

Project Details


As building envelopes and mechanical and electrical equipment become more efficient, the impact of occupants on building energy increases. Meanwhile trends in teleworking, co-working, and home-sharing mean vastly different occupancy than the standard occupancy schedules. Finally, global expectations for comfort are increasing, while a variety of new technologies may or may not succeed in meeting this demand. The convergence of these trends has necessitated a new look at how occupants are incorporated into building design and operation practice throughout the building life-cycle.

Subtask 1: Multi-aspect environmental exposure, building interfaces, and human behaviour
Effective start/end date01/12/201931/12/2023

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This project contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production


  • Human Building Interaction
  • Human perception
  • human-centred design
  • human inhabitation
  • architectural space
  • architecture
  • Affordances
  • adaptive opportunities
  • adaptation
  • usability
  • multi-domain effects


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  • Agent-based modelling and energy performance assessment: a co-simulation case study

    Berger, C., Regnath, F. & Mahdavi, A., 1 Dec 2022, E3S Web Conf. Volume 362, 2022 BuildSim Nordic 2022. (E3S Web of Conferences, Vol. 362).

    Research output: Contribution to book/anthology/report/conference proceedingArticle in proceedingResearchpeer-review

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  • A Global Building Occupant Behavior Database

    Dong, B., Liu, Y., Mu, W., Jiang, Z., Pandey, P., Hong, T., Olesen, B., Lawrence, T., O’Neil, Z., Andrews, C., Azar, E., Bandurski, K., Bardhan, R., Bavaresco, M., Berger, C., Burry, J., Carlucci, S., Chvatal, K., De Simone, M., Erba, S., & 37 othersGao, N., Graham, L. T., Grassi, C., Jain, R., Kumar, S., Kjærgaard, M., Korsavi, S., Langevin, J., Li, Z., Lipczynska, A., Mahdavi, A., Malik, J., Marschall, M., Nagy, Z., Neves, L., O’Brien, W., Pan, S., Park, J. Y., Pigliautile, I., Piselli, C., Pisello, A. L., Rafsanjani, H. N., Rupp, R. F., Salim, F., Schiavon, S., Schwee, J., Sonta, A., Touchie, M., Wagner, A., Walsh, S., Wang, Z., Webber, D. M., Yan, D., Zangheri, P., Zhang, J., Zhou, X. & Zhou, X., 28 Jun 2022, In: Scientific Data. 9, 1, 369.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

    Open Access
    2 Citations (Scopus)
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  • Bridging the gap from test rooms to field-tests for human indoor comfort studies: A critical review of the sustainability potential of living laboratories

    Cureau, R. J., Pigliautile, I., Pisello, A. L., Bavaresco, M., Berger, C., Chinazzo, G., Deme Bèlafi, Z., Ghahramani, A., Heydarian, A., Kastner, D., Kong, M., Licina, D., Luna-Navarro, A., Mahdavi, A., Nocente, A., Schweiker, M., Vellei, M. & Wang, A., Oct 2022, In: Energy Research & Social Science. 92, 102778.

    Research output: Contribution to journalReview articlepeer-review

    2 Citations (Scopus)