Date of Award
Master of Science (MS)
John Z. Zhai
Michael J. Brandemuehl
This investigation creates a tool to aid in the assessment of the impacts that behavior modifications and retrofits have on whole building energy usage. The tool was created to analyze pre- and post-retrofit/behavior modification data to determine the degree of savings incurred. The main focus of the project is a sensitivity analysis on the effects of behavior. The study includes the impacts of high- and low-energy-consuming behavior, and the total savings when coupled with building energy retrofits. For heating-dominated climates, results show a potential energy use savings of 10% from behavior, and a savings of 40% when combined with a whole-building retrofit. The number of air changes per hour, the setpoint, and the setback had the most significant savings. In the cooling-dominated climate, behavior had a much higher impact, accounting for 27% of the total 37% energy savings. Equipment schedule and setpoint had the highest impact.
Osborne, Anna Louise, "Assessing the Impact of Occupant Behavior on Pre- and Post-Retrofit Energy Usage in Multi-Family Housing" (2014). Civil Engineering Graduate Theses & Dissertations. 431.