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Behaviour Oriented Optimisation Strategies for Energy Efficiency in the Residential Sector
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The aim of this paper is to combine the approaches of engineering and sociology in the assessment of behavioural influences on the energy demand of residential buildings and to define a common language and strategy for their description. For this purpose the calculation methods of the German Energy Conservation Regulations (EnEV 2007) further defined in the DIN 4108-6: 2003-06 will be evaluated to illustrate the relevant linkages to behavioural approaches. So far, there are few attempts to differentiate the large influence of individual behaviour (see Richter 2003, Loga 2003). The assessment of these values and their behavioural implications require a sociological approach towards energy relevant practices. Based on the calculation of the building’s energy balance an analytical framework will be suggested to link the heat demand with the lifestyles of consumers.
Koch, A.; Huber, A.; Avci, N. (2008). Behaviour Oriented Optimisation Strategies for Energy Efficiency in the Residential Sector. Energy Systems Laboratory (http://esl.tamu.edu). Available electronically from