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Type: Conference paper
Title: A study of the user behaviours in dwellings of earth construction
Author: Daniel, L.
Williamson, T.
Citation: ANZAScA 2011: From principles to practice in architectural science: Proceedings of the 45th Annual Conference of the Australian and New Zealand Architectural Science Association, held in Sydney, 16-18 November, 2011 / R. Hyde, S. Hayman and D. Cabrera (eds.): pp.1-8
Publisher: University of Sydney
Publisher Place: Australia
Issue Date: 2011
ISBN: 9780958122139
Conference Name: Annual Conference of the Australian and New Zealand Architectural Science Association (4th : 2011 : Sydney, New South Wales)
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Lyrian Daniel and Terence Williamson
Abstract: Occupant behaviours are cited as a significant factor in residential energy use, in a report prepared for the Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency in 2010. The Nationwide House Energy Rating Scheme (NatHERS), that determines the Star Rating for the Building Code of Australia (BCA) Energy Efficiency compliance, allows just a single user profile. This research explores the postulation that; occupants of earth dwellings may have different behaviours to the generic profile prescribed by the NatHERS protocol and that these alternative behaviour profiles may affect greater household energy savings. If true, this indicates that the NatHERS method of Energy Efficiency compliance may be biased against occupants with ecocentric dispositions, shown to result in energy saving behaviours. This study provides empirical evidence on the occupancy behaviour profiles of a cohort of earth building users and gauges the critical effect this has on star rating output and compliance with the BCA Energy Efficiency requirements. Questionnaire results corroborate the previously acknowledged ecocentric dispositions of occupants of dwellings incorporating earth components, whilst thermal simulation reveals the potential energy savings these behavioural trends may affect.
Keywords: Earth building; occupant behaviour; energy efficiency regulation
Rights: © 2011 The University of Sydney
RMID: 0020118619
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