Astrid RoetzelDeakin University · School of Architecture and Building
research, education and collaboration on systems thinking & human centred architecture
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ENVIRONMENTAL AND ARCHITECTURAL IMPLICATIONS OF HUMAN INHABITATION OF BUILDINGS I am interested in systems approaches to understanding how the built environment and its context influence human behaviour, lifestyle and resulting greenhouse gas emissions. Aim is to increase awareness of responsibilities of involved stakeholders. I am interested in theoretical approaches as well as practical applications and collaborations beyond disciplinary boundaries.
February 2011 - present
This project aims to propose an innovative controlling approach to personalize non-conventional adaptive façade incorporating individual preferences and energy saving potentials, based on simulations in a shared office environment.
As building envelopes and mechanical and electrical equipment become more efficient, the impact of occupants on building energy increases. Meanwhile trends in teleworking, co-working, and home-sharing mean vastly different occupancy than the standard occupancy schedules. Finally, global expectations for comfort are increasing, while a variety of new technologies may or may not succeed in meeting this demand. The convergence of these trends has necessitated a new look at how occupants are incorporated into building design and operation practice throughout the building life-cycle. The field of occupant modelling emerged over four decades ago; however, it has surged in the past decade – particularly as a result of IEA EBC Annex 66 – “Simulation and Definition of Occupant Behaviour in Buildings”. Annex 66 played an important role in formalizing experimental research methods, modeling and model validation, and occupant simulation. Given the number of unanswered questions about occupant comfort and behaviour and minimal penetration of advanced occupant modelling into practice, this follow-up Annex 79 - “Occupant-centric building design and operation”. The IEA EBC Annex 79 term is from 2018-2023. More details here: http://annex79.iea-ebc.org/