Wei Gao

MSc Architecture and Environmental Design

Improving Environmental Performance of Office Buildings Through Continuous Smart Control Based on Occupancy Behaviour

[Thesis developed in collaboration with Arcadis]

Office buildings are intensive energy consumers and significantly contribute to Greenhouse Gas (GHGs) emissions. The purpose of this paper is to research how continuous smart control systems are used to improve the environmental performance of office buildings while considering their occupancy. The research is a case study of Arcadis new London office where data collection and analysis of the activities around the actual building will be done, then use the results to inform the EDSL Tas model. Usually heating, cooling, ventilation and lighting are regarded as the main factors influencing energy consumption, so on this basis, the focus will be on the office’s smart HVAC controls and lighting controls. Different scenarios will be tested to see if energy consumption can be reduced.

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