Investigation of the Impact of Occupant Behavior on Building Performance in the UK and China

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Monday 03 June 2019 to Wednesday 05 June 2019

10:00 AM - 06:00 PM


Coventry University, Coventry, UK

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3rd, 4th, 5th June 2019

To meet urgent energy reduction goals, innovation in the construction and use of buildings is essential. Unfortunately, considering technological solutions and innovations in building materials is just not enough. To address this, the workshop will facilitate the sharing of complementary technologies such as occupant behavior models, building performance simulations and computational techniques etc. It will contribute to improve energy performance and bridging the gap of actual and predicted energy use of buildings, leveraging the human factor to the same extent as technology innovations.

The aims of the workshop are:

  1. Review of contemporary research in China and the UK on building energy use, occupant behavior studies and building performance simulation through keynote speeches, discussions and brainstorming.
  2. Further understanding of occupants’ behavior, research methodologies and the possibility of transfer to low-carbon behavior.
  3. With case studies, research findings and relevant experiences contributing to the behavior model and computational techniques for building performance simulation will be identified for further research direction for the ECRs.
  4. Strengthen the research capacity through the UK-China collaboration by networking opportunities, highlighting the expertise of all ECRs, the facilities and support from their home institutes.

We are inviting (i) Designers, researchers and Early Career Researchers experienced in low carbon technologies, built environment, building performance, and occupants behavior; (ii) Housing Sector planners; and (v) Policy makers, from the UK and China, to attend this workshop.

Newton Research Links

The Newton Fund builds scientific and innovation partnerships with 16 partner countries to support their economic development and social welfare, and to develop their research and innovation capacity for long-term sustainable growth. It has a total UK Government investment of £735 million up until 2021, with matched resources from the partner countries.

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Dr Ashish Shukla


For enquiries please contact Professor Shuli Liu