Comfort in energy flexible buildings

User involvement for a successful energy transition in the building sector

Keywords: user research, future urban districts, energy flexibility, buildings

Abstract

Especially in densely populated urban areas, the demand for innovative and sustainable residential concepts using smart technologies is high. A key aspect is energy production and supply in residential buildings and neighborhoods that increasingly rely on local renewable energy. In particular, flexibilization measures are expected to enable sensible use of volatile energy sources. The case study presented here compares the (thermal) comfort in an energy flexible building in Vienna from the perspective of residents and from the perspective of experts. The study highlights the relevance of scientifically evaluated user-centered planning for a successful energy transition, since the identification of heterogeneous residential comfort needs helps reveal potential conflicts in planning, implementation, and use of innovative building concepts.
Published
31.03.2021
How to Cite
BELL, D.; MLINARIC, I.; GOLD, K.; SCHNEIDER, S. Comfort in energy flexible buildings. TATuP - Zeitschrift für Technikfolgenabschätzung in Theorie und Praxis, v. 30, n. 1, p. 36-42, 31 Mar. 2021.