How user practice and habits impact the energy need in nearly zero energy youth housing in Denmark

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Several projects constructed during the last years demonstrate that it is possible to design buildings which can be defined as “zero-energy buildings”. However, research show that it can be difficult to meet the expected low energy consumption. Studies suggest that one of the reasons for this is that occupants’ behaviour and lifestyle strongly influence the final energy consumption.
This paper presents a preliminary study of a larger research project that studies the relation between energy use and user practice and habits as well as the users’ expectations to and experiences of living in a newly built nearly zero-energy youth housing complex in Denmark. The objective of this study is to examine to what extend user practice and habits influence the energy consumption and on that basis to identify representative user characteristics within this specific user group. Methodologically this is done through a case study where data on measured energy consumption for space heating is juxtaposed with the results of a questionnaire survey. The study indicates that variations in heat consumption across the apartments are not primarily related to apartment type, orientation or floor, but rather related to the inhabitants’ use of their apartment.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDESIGN TO THRIVE - PLEA 2017 : Proceedings of 33rd PLEA International Conference Design to Thrive Edinburgh, 2th-5th July 2017 PLEA 2017 Conference
EditorsLuisa Brotas, Susan Roaf, Fergus Nicol
Number of pages8
VolumeI
PublisherNCEUB 2017
Publication dateJul 2017
Pages639-646
ISBN (Print)978-0-9928957-5-4
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2017
Event3rd PLEA International Conference Design to Thrive - Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 3 Jul 20175 Jul 2017
Conference number: 3rd
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Conference3rd PLEA International Conference Design to Thrive
Number3rd
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityEdinburgh
Period03/07/201705/07/2017
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Bejder, A. K., Knudstrup, M-A., & Brunsgaard, C. (2017). How user practice and habits impact the energy need in nearly zero energy youth housing in Denmark. In L. Brotas, S. Roaf, & F. Nicol (Eds.), DESIGN TO THRIVE - PLEA 2017: Proceedings of 33rd PLEA International Conference Design to Thrive Edinburgh, 2th-5th July 2017 PLEA 2017 Conference (Vol. I, pp. 639-646). NCEUB 2017.
Bejder, Anne Kirkegaard ; Knudstrup, Mary-Ann ; Brunsgaard, Camilla. / How user practice and habits impact the energy need in nearly zero energy youth housing in Denmark. DESIGN TO THRIVE - PLEA 2017: Proceedings of 33rd PLEA International Conference Design to Thrive Edinburgh, 2th-5th July 2017 PLEA 2017 Conference. editor / Luisa Brotas ; Susan Roaf ; Fergus Nicol. Vol. I NCEUB 2017, 2017. pp. 639-646
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Bejder, AK, Knudstrup, M-A & Brunsgaard, C 2017, How user practice and habits impact the energy need in nearly zero energy youth housing in Denmark. in L Brotas, S Roaf & F Nicol (eds), DESIGN TO THRIVE - PLEA 2017: Proceedings of 33rd PLEA International Conference Design to Thrive Edinburgh, 2th-5th July 2017 PLEA 2017 Conference. vol. I, NCEUB 2017, pp. 639-646, 3rd PLEA International Conference Design to Thrive, Edinburgh, United Kingdom, 03/07/2017.

How user practice and habits impact the energy need in nearly zero energy youth housing in Denmark. / Bejder, Anne Kirkegaard; Knudstrup, Mary-Ann; Brunsgaard, Camilla.

DESIGN TO THRIVE - PLEA 2017: Proceedings of 33rd PLEA International Conference Design to Thrive Edinburgh, 2th-5th July 2017 PLEA 2017 Conference. ed. / Luisa Brotas; Susan Roaf; Fergus Nicol. Vol. I NCEUB 2017, 2017. p. 639-646.

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Bejder AK, Knudstrup M-A, Brunsgaard C. How user practice and habits impact the energy need in nearly zero energy youth housing in Denmark. In Brotas L, Roaf S, Nicol F, editors, DESIGN TO THRIVE - PLEA 2017: Proceedings of 33rd PLEA International Conference Design to Thrive Edinburgh, 2th-5th July 2017 PLEA 2017 Conference. Vol. I. NCEUB 2017. 2017. p. 639-646