An investigation into building occupant behavior of different household typologies in architecture

Erol Ağırsoy, Meliha İpek
Humans who directly interact with the built environment are a significant parameter of the architectural design process. The uncertainty in occupant behavior is a variable parameter of sustainability in architecture. Human building interaction affects energy consumption and creates an unpredicted result for the building's calculated energy use. The interaction between the occupant and the building is significant for establishing new areas of architectural inquiry. The study aims to observe the influence of occupancy behavior with various type schedules on building performance. Occupancy, equipment, and lighting schedules are modeled and simulated to investigate the energy consumption of residential buildings. The thesis is influenced by the changes in daily life due to the Covid-19 pandemic and lockdowns. Different household cases are modeled with post-pandemic conditions and analyzed to the conception of the role of the occupant in actual energy consumption.


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Citation Formats
M. İ. Erol Ağırsoy, “An investigation into building occupant behavior of different household typologies in architecture,” M.Arch. - Master of Architecture, Middle East Technical University, 2022.