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Energy-saving occupant behaviours in offices: change strategies

Mulville, M; Jones, K; Huebner, G; Powell-Greig, J; (2017) Energy-saving occupant behaviours in offices: change strategies. Building Research & Information , 45 (8) pp. 861-874. 10.1080/09613218.2016.1212299. Green open access

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Abstract

As regulated energy consumption in buildings is reduced, the proportional importance of unregulated energy consumption increases. Reducing unregulated energy use in the commercial office requires an understanding of the factors that influence workplace behaviour. To date these factors have been assumed to be similar to those that influence behaviour in the home. However, the social dynamics of the workplace are different to those in the home. This study examines the degree to which theories of behaviour change generated largely in a domestic building setting could be used as the basis for designing interventions to reduce unregulated energy consumption in the workplace. It studies the unregulated energy consumption of 39 workers engaged in office-type activities in two separate locations. Following a 100-day monitoring period, three behaviour change interventions were developed and their impact measured over a 100-day period. Results from the study found, on average, an 18.8% reduction in energy use was achieved. Furthermore, by comparing pre- and post-intervention responses to an environmental questionnaire, it was evident that savings were realized without significant changes to pro-environmental attitude or perceived social norms, which may have implications for energy-saving interventions in the commercial sector.

Type: Article
Title: Energy-saving occupant behaviours in offices: change strategies
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/09613218.2016.1212299
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09613218.2016.1212299
Language: English
Additional information: © 2016 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Building Research & Information on 16 August 2016, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/09613218.2016.1212299
Keywords: Behaviour change, building management, demand-side management, energy, energy-use behaviour, feedback, social norms
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > Bartlett School Env, Energy and Resources
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1514526
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