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Yewande Abraham, Zhidan Zhao, Chimay Anumba and Somayeh Asadi

Implementation of a Preference Monitoring Application for office Building Occupants

Abstract: Buildings should provide a level of comfort that is acceptable to majority of the occupants and enhance their health and productivity. When indoor environmental conditions are not as good as expected, occupants sometimes make adjustments. In order to capture and monitor occupant preferences and occupant behavior indoors, a feedback system- Preference Monitoring Application (PMA) was created. With the PMA, energy use behavior and occupant preference data are collected on a continuous basis while energy consumption and indoor environmental parameters are being monitored separately in a building. The PMA was developed by identifying the values that are important to building occupants and following recommendations from other indoor environmental quality surveys. It is a simple application that captures satisfaction with temperature, lighting, indoor air quality and other parameters that influence occupant comfort and behavior on a continuous basis by using human input. A comparison of the feedback from 10 occupants in an office building in Pennsylvania, USA and 14 occupants in an office building in Doha, Qatar over 7 months are presented in this paper. This can enable the use of actual data to develop occupant profiles to improve occupant satisfaction.

Keywords: Occupant Feedback, Occupant Behavior, Satisfaction, Values

DOI: https://doi.org/10.24928/JC3-2017/0201

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Yusuf F, Alshawi M

Improving the brief through information and process modelling

Abstract: Due to the vast amount of information and knowledge involved in construction projects, clients often have difficulties in identifying and communicating their actual requirements. In order to address this information effectively during the briefing process, such information is modelled into structured data models using EXPRESS-G technique. The processes involved during the development of the brief, however, are modelled using IDEF0 technique.The developed models establish the foundation for the development of a computerised system, which utilise an object oriented environment. The implemented object oriented data models then form the framework for the presentation of the client's brief. These models, when implemented into the computerised environment, will significantly enhance the communication channel between the various parties involved from a very early stage of a construction project. The outcome is an improved brief, which fulfils the client's budgetary constraints.

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Permission to reproduce these papers has been graciously provided by the Research Press of the National Research Council of Canada. The support of the editors, particularly Dr. Dana Vanier, is gratefully appreciated.


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