Energy use in residential buildings - influence of residents

In order to exploit the full potential of reducing energy use in our residential buildings, the technology efforts needs to be complemented with so called “softer” issues such as resident related aspects.

This project focus on the residents’ energy related behaviours. The main objective is to find explanations to possible changes of and differences between modern houses and their energy use. The hypothesis is that the residents have a decisive role especially regarding variations in energy use between similar houses. Hence, the residents’ behaviours connected to the energy use will be investigated to obtain a better description of their influence and activity patterns.

The project is an interdisciplinary study where both measurements and investigations on behaviours will be carried out and correlated. Nearly 60 households living in single-family houses are participating by keeping a diary on their everyday activities in their homes.

To describe and explain the residents’ influence on the energy use is important for energy planning and to be able to further study different types of behaviour profiles, which for example can be used to adapt information to different households.

Funding

FORMAS, VGR and SP

Time schedule

Ongoing 2011

Project partner

SP Energy Technology, Departments of Buildings Physics and Environmental Psychology at Lund Institute of Technology

Publications

Hiller, C. and Elmroth, A. (2005). Sustainable energy use in 40 Swedish houses - A study of changes over a ten-year period. Posterpresentation och i conference proceedings of the 2005 Sustainable Building Conference, September 27-29, Tokyo, Japan.

Hiller, C. and Elmroth, A. (2005). Sustainable energy use in Swedish houses - A study of energy data and energy performance. Muntlig presentation och i conference proceedings of the 7th Symposium on Building Physics in the Nordic Countries, Juni 13-15, Reykjavik, Island.

Hiller, C. (2004). Hållbar energianvändning i 40-talet småhus. Energi & Miljö, nr 5, s. 52, 54-56

Hiller, C. (2004). Hållbar energianvändning i 40-talet småhus. Bygg & Teknik, nr 2, s. 19-21

Hiller, C. (2003). Sustainable energy use in 40 houses - A study of changes over a ten-year period (licentiatavhandling). Lund: Avdelningen Byggnadsfysik, Lunds Universitet. (Rapport TVBH-3044) (PDF-fil 948 kB)

Hiller, C. (2003). Sustainable energy use in houses - Will the energy use increase with time? Lund: Avdelningen Byggnadsfysik, Lunds Universitet. (Rapport TVBH-3041) (PDF-fil 677 kB)

Hiller, C. (2002). Sustainable energy use in dwellings. Will the energy use increase with time? Poster presentation and in conference proceedings of Sustainable Building, September 23-25, Oslo, Norge.

Hiller, C. (2001). Hållbar energianvändning i småhus. Bygg & Teknik, nr 5, s. 55-57

Related Information

Services

End-Users’ Perceptions and Behaviours Regarding Energy Issues

Contact Persons

Carolina Hiller

Phone: +46 10 516 51 46

SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden, Box 857, SE-501 15 Borås Phone +46 10-516 50 00, E-mail info@sp.se