"Our inherent desire for control": a case study of automation's impact on the perception of comfort

Arianna Brambilla, Hamed Alavi, Himanshu Verma, Denis Lalanne, Thomas Jusselme, Marilyne Andersen

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Abstract

To investigate the relationship between occupants’ perception of control over building elements and their comfort, we conducted a study where two prototype office rooms were compared: while the first room allowed occupants to open or close the window and configure the shading, the second one was fully automated. The quantitative analysis of collected data a) supports the existing results in the literature reporting higher satisfaction where manual control is maintained, and b) uncovers a new impact of highly automated systems: lower control over building elements can increase the occupant's consciousness of the environmental factors and the saliency of comfort parameters.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)925-930
Number of pages6
JournalEnergy Procedia
Volume122
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • personal comfort
  • building automation system
  • manual control
  • human – building interactions

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