Exploring agent-based modeling for human-centered energy consumption prediction

Yewande S. Abraham, Zhidan Zhao, Chimay J. Anumba, Somayeh Asadi

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Abstract

People interact with buildings to make the indoor environment more comfortable thereby impacting energy consumption. However, these occupants' energy-related actions in buildings are not well accounted for using traditional simulation programs and normally are represented in a simplistic manner. Agent-based modeling (ABM) is widely used to predict real world situations and this approach has been used to model human behavior in different contexts. ABM has also been used in relation to energy consumption prediction. This study explores how ABM can be used to better model not only human behavior but also look into how occupant values (for instance thermal comfort, visual comfort, indoor air quality, perceived health and personal productivity) and indoor environmental preferences can be maintained while ensuring energy savings. The human behavior considered in this paper include occupants adjusting layers of clothing, using portable heating and cooling devices, adjusting thermostats, adjusting lighting levels, and using shading devices. Following a review of the available literature, the authors highlight the gaps and present recommendations to better address occupant preferences and behavior.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication6th CSCE-CRC International Construction Specialty Conference 2017 - Held as Part of the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering Annual Conference and General Meeting 2017
PublisherCanadian Society for Civil Engineering
Pages660-669
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9781510878419
StatePublished - Jan 1 2017
Event6th CSCE-CRC International Construction Specialty Conference 2017 - Held as Part of the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering Annual Conference and General Meeting 2017 - Vancouver, Canada
Duration: May 31 2017Jun 3 2017

Publication series

Name6th CSCE-CRC International Construction Specialty Conference 2017 - Held as Part of the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering Annual Conference and General Meeting 2017
Volume1

Conference

Conference6th CSCE-CRC International Construction Specialty Conference 2017 - Held as Part of the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering Annual Conference and General Meeting 2017
CountryCanada
CityVancouver
Period5/31/176/3/17

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction

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