An exploratory study on features of intelligent office buildings and development of an assessment tool

Gündoğan, Handan
Intelligent office buildings have a high-tech image that embraces advanced technologies to enhance the quality of life for building occupants and energy efficiency. The literature's exploration of the Intelligent Building (IB) concept indicated that the concept has broad aspects, which resulted in losing its focus. In this regard, this thesis aims to address two central questions of how the IB concept is currently interpreted by the building sector representatives and what are the intelligent features of an IB. A survey was created within the context of earlier IB definitions, intelligence assessment methods, and a preliminary study conducted for figuring out the impact of passive design approach and utilization of active system on building energy performance. The survey was designed to collect the experts’ perspectives and determine the importance levels of the IB features which were validated by a focus group before its distribution. Based on the analysis of survey findings, four conflicting issues regarding the IB concept are identified. Representing the recent situation, a new approach to the intelligent office building concept is described in terms of its behavior and basic design principle. Finally, a feature-based intelligence assessment tool for an office building was developed and validated to help the decision-makers during the pre-design stage. The thesis concludes with the recommendations for the successful application of the IB concept and future investigations.


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Citation Formats
H. Gündoğan, “An exploratory study on features of intelligent office buildings and development of an assessment tool,” Ph.D. - Doctoral Program, Middle East Technical University, 2021.