EF Scientific publication on the project

EF Scientific publication on the project

Date: 17.09.2017

A new OrbEEt paper was produced by partners in the consortium titled Current Status Of The Project OrbEEt: Tool Deployment And Monitoring Of The Energy Consumption In Public Buildings Services. The author team consisted of Dery Torres, Ivan Sharlandzhiev, Kostas Tsatsakis, Wilfrid Utz, Ian Dunwell, Christos Malavazos, Gerald Wagenhofer, Arkaitz Gobantes, Shixuan Zhan and Alexandar Vodenicharov.

The paper was submitted for participation at the 9th Annual Scientific Conference, organized by the Faculty of Electrical Engineering in Technical University of Sofia. The conference took place on the 11th-14th of September, 2017 in Varna, Bulgaria. The paper was approved for publication in the Annual Scientific Proceedings of Technical University of Sofia in the beginning of 2018. An abstract of the work is shown below.

Buildings account for a significant part of the EU’s total energy consumption. Hence reducing their energy imprint is a matter of imminent importance when tackling the issue of climate change. Using more energy efficient devices and building materials are only some of the ways to decrease a buildings energy needs. Another such approach is changing the behaviour and habits of its occupants which is arguably the most economical way to achieving that goal. Similarly aligned is the purpose of the Horizon2020- funded project OrbEEt (ORganizational Behaviour improvement for Energy Efficient adminisTrative public offices) which aims to tackle the energy reduction of tertiary sector EU buildings by changing the users’ behaviour.

To accomplish this goal, OrbEEt utilizes a combination of Building Information and Process Models along with real-time energy consumption measurements which are aimed at triggering behavioural change towards energy efficiency. By employing various engaging user interfaces and providing personalized consumer feedback, accountability and direct impact of the people, processes and spaces can be easily tracked, analysed and steered towards a gradual reduction of energy consumption.

This work presents the monitoring of the energy consumption of the Imperial Palace placed in Innsbruck and the preliminary results linked to the behavioural changes of the final pilot users. We assess the deployment of the OrbEEt system at the pilot site in real-life conditions during several months.