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A semiotic framework for information representation of energy consumption in office buildings

Tian, B. (2013) A semiotic framework for information representation of energy consumption in office buildings. In: The 11th International Conference on Construction and Real Estate Management, 10-11 Oct 2013, Karlsruhe, Germany.

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Taking a perspective from a whole building lifecycle, occupier's actions could account for about 50% of energy. However occupants' activities influence building energy performance is still a blind area. Building energy performance is thought to be the result of a combination of building fabrics, building services and occupants' activities, along with their interactions. In this sense, energy consumption in built environment is regarded as a socio-technical system. In order to understand how such a system works, a range of physical, technical and social information is involved that needs to be integrated and aligned. This paper has proposed a semiotic framework to add value for Building Information Modelling, incorporating energy-related occupancy factors in a context of office buildings. Further, building information has been addressed semantically to describe a building space from the facility management perspective. Finally, the framework guides to set up building information representation system, which can help facility managers to manage buildings efficiently by improving their understanding on how office buildings are operated and used.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Divisions:Henley Business School > Business Informatics, Systems and Accounting
ID Code:36284
Uncontrolled Keywords:Energy consumption, Commercial buildings, Life cycles, Information management
Additional Information:DOI: 10.1061/9780784413135.050

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