Buildings, Resource Consumption and Occupant Behavior: Strategies for Change and the Role of Submetering


Joanna Cruz (Editor)

Series: Energy Policies, Politics and Prices
BISAC: SCI024000

The people who use Federal buildings — Federal employees, operations and maintenance staff, and the general public — can significantly impact a building’s environmental performance and the consumption of energy, water, and materials. Many factors influence building occupants’ use of resources (use behaviors) including work process requirements, ability to fulfill agency missions, new and possibly unfamiliar high-efficiency/high-performance building technologies; a lack of understanding, education, and training; inaccessible information or ineffective feedback mechanisms; and cultural norms and institutional rules and requirements, among others.

While many strategies have been used to introduce new occupant use behaviors that promote sustainability and reduced resource consumption, few have been verified in the scientific literature or have properly documented case study results. This book documents validated strategies that have been shown to encourage new use behaviors that can result in significant, persistent, and measureable reductions in resource consumption. This book also presents guidance and recommendations on the benefits and complexities in the use of submetering technologies for new and existing buildings.
(Imprint: Nova)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Behavioral Change and Building Performance: Strategies for Significant, Persistent, and Measurable Institutional Change
(Amy K. Wolfe, Elizabeth L. Malone, Judith Heerwagen, Jerome Dion)

Submetering of Building Energy and Water Usage: Analysis and Recommendations of the Subcommittee on Buildings Technology Research and Development
(Buildings Technology Research and Development Subcommittee)


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