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Promoting behaviour change through personalized energy feedback in offices

Coleman, M. J., Irvine, K. N., Lemon, M. and Shao, L. (2013) Promoting behaviour change through personalized energy feedback in offices. Building Research & Information, 41 (6). pp. 637-651. ISSN 0961-3218

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1080/09613218.2013.808958


A body of research suggests that the provision of energy feedback information to building users can elicit significant energy reductions through behaviour change. However, most studies have focused on energy use in homes and the assessment of interventions and technologies, to the neglect of the non-domestic context and broader issues arising from the introduction of feedback technologies. To address this gap, a non-domestic case study explores the delivery of personalized energy feedback to office workers through a novel system utilizing wireless technologies. The research demonstrates advantages of monitoring occupancy and quantifying energy use from specific behaviours as a basis for effective energy feedback; this is particularly important where there are highly disaggregated forms of energy use and a range of locations for that activity to take place. Quantitative and qualitative data show that personalized feedback can help individuals identify energy reduction opportunities. However, the analysis also highlights important contextual barriers and issues that need to be addressed when utilizing feedback technologies in the workplace. If neglected, these issues may limit the effective take-up of feedback interventions.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Science > School of the Built Environment
ID Code:60222
Publisher:Taylor & Francis

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