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MTG.OBB, Occupant Behavior in Buildings

Scope

MTG.OBB coordinates TC/TG/TRG technical activities to help implement the recommendations from this MTG. This includes coordinating efforts in education, modeling, research, standards, marketing, advocacy, and fund raising within ASHRAE. Research project initiation as the sponsoring committee is included in the scope of this MTG.

Occupant behavior in buildings refers to occupants’ comfort preference, presence and movement, and interactions with building systems that have impact on performance (thermal, visual, acoustic, and IAQ) of buildings. The interactions include adjusting the thermostat settings, opening or closing windows, dimming or turning on/off lights, pulling up or down window blinds, switching on or off plug-loads, and consuming domestic hot water.

 

Objective/Impact

MTG.OBB sponsors and coordinates activities of related ASHRAE technical and standards committees to facilitate development of data, tools, technologies, and guidelines enabling integration of occupant behavior in the design, operation, and retrofit of new and existing commercial and residential buildings. The intent is that these products, focusing on the human dimension, may be used in the life cycle of buildings and potentially contribute to ASHRAE’s energy saving targets, by demonstrations of behavior-driven passive and active building designs and identification of energy saving opportunities from behavior measures. Within ASHRAE, the MTG coordinates activities to update related parts of ASHRAE Handbooks and Standards (particularly energy and indoor environmental calculations, standards 55, 62.1, 62.2, 90.1, 90.2 and 189.1), and to develop related education programs for buildings designers, operators and occupants. Outside of ASHRAE, the MTG monitors related activities (e.g. IEA EBC Annex 66) and represent ASHRAE interests where permitted to provide a conduit for related information transfer to ASHRAE members.

 

Roster (as of July 1, 2017)

Name

Position on MTG

Voting

Representing

Members

Tianzhen Hong

Chair

Yes

 

Da Yan

Vice Chair

Yes

IEA EBC Annex 66

Jared Langevin

Secretary

No

 

Marina Sofos

Member

Yes

DOE BTO Sensor and Controls Program

Thomas Lawrence

Member

Yes

TC 2.8

Bass Abushakra

Member

Yes

TC 4.7

Jim Lutz

Member

Yes

TC 6.6

Locke Hutson

Member

Yes

TC 7.3

Bing Dong

Member

Yes

TC 7.5

Rob Hitchcock

Member

Yes

MTG.BIM

Glenn Friedman

Member

Yes

SPC 100

Michael Jouaneh

Member

Yes

SSPC 189.1

Chien-fei Chen

Member

Yes

 

Zheng O’Neill

Member

Yes

 

Jay Zhao

Member

Yes

SGPC 10

Dane Christensen

Member

Yes

 

Mini Malhotra

Member

Yes

TC 4.3

Bjarne W. Olesen

Member

Yes (Non-Quorum)

TC 2.1

Abhijeet Pande

Member

Yes (Non-Quorum)

SSPC 55

Elyse Malherek

Member

Yes (Non-Quorum)

TC 7.1

Clinton Andrews

Member

Yes (Non-Quorum)

 

Khee Poh Lam

Member

Yes (Non-Quorum)

 

William O’Brien

Member

Yes (Non-Quorum)

 

Kimberly Barker

Member

No

TC 1.4

Dunstan Macauley

Member

No

TC 2.8

Mark Zoeteman

Member

No

TC 4.7

William Bahnfleth

Member

No

TC 4.7

Gary Klein

Member

No

TC 6.6

Richard Danks

 Member

No

TC 7.3

Mudit Saxena

Member

No

 

Ed Arens

Member

No

SSPC 55

Don Horn

Member

No

 

Michel Tardif

Member

No

TC 7.1

John Elson

Member

No

TC 2.1

Douglass Abramsow

 Member

No

TC 9.2

Bew Schoenbaver

Member

No

TC 6.6

Tom Justice

Member

No

MTG Liaison

Carl Huber

Member

No

MTG Liaison

Gang Tang

Member

No

TC 4.10

Adam Williams

 

 

 

W. Zeiler

 

 

 

Chandra Gollapudi

 

 

 

Leslie Jonsson

 

 

CTTC

Frederick Marks

 

 

 

Joon-Ho Choi

 

 

TC 2.1, TC 1.5

Julia Day

 

 

 

Rory Heim

 

 

 

Nicholas Clements

 

 

 

Marianne Touchie

 

 

 

 

Current Projects/ Goals

  • Develop a position paper outlining the overall scope and objectives of the MTG.
  • Propose a chapter on occupant-centered HVAC design and data collection for the 2019 ASHRAE Applications Handbook, to be reviewed by the Handbook Committee at the 2018 Winter Meeting in Chicago.
  • Continue to identify ASHRAE projects, RTARs, and seminar proposals related to occupant behavior and determine the best ways for the MTG to contribute to them.
    • RAC-approved RTARs with MTG.OBB sponsorship:
      • Determining Occupancy Patterns in Clusters of Buildings with Data Drawn from Web Based Social Media, Dr. Bing Dong, UTSA
    • Proposed RTARs with MTG.OBB sponsorship:
      • Integrating Occupant Behavior Data into Building Information Models for Performance Simulation, Rob Hitchcock
    • Proposed RTARs seeking MTG.OBB sponsorship:
      • Explore and Quantify Behavior-Driven Building Energy Usages, Dr. Zheng O’Neill, University of Alabama; Dr. Bing Dong, UTSA
    • Proposed seminars for Chicago 2018 Winter Meeting seeking MTG.OBB sponsorship:
      • Projecting the adoption of building efficiency technologies: An introduction to interdisciplinary modeling approaches, Dr. Jared Langevin, LBNL
      • Occupant behavior modeling, Dr. Liam O’Brien, Carleton University      
 

Accomplishments

  • MTG formation was approved at Jan 2016 ASHRAE Orlando Winter Meeting.  Kick-off teleconference was held May 2, 2016.
  • Sponsored/co-sponsored three seminars at the Long Beach Annual Meeting, June 2017:
    • Model Predictive Control, chaired by Prof. Da Yan
    • Interdisciplinary Occupant Behavior Survey, chaired by Dr. Tianzhen Hong, LBNL
    • Using Nature, Keeping Control, chaired by James Coogan
  • Sponsored one seminar at the Las Vegas Winter Meeting, January 2017:
    • Occupant Behavior driven Building Operation and Maintenance, chaired by Dr. Bing Dong, UTSA
  • Hold regular meetings:  MTG holds regular meetings before, during and after ASHRAE meetings to coordinate occupant behavior activities with relevant TCs.
  • Membership now encompasses 11 TCs, 3 SSPCs, 1 SGPC, 1 MTG, and 2 outside groups/organizations (IEA Annex 66; U.S. DOE).
  • The MTG has established a wide range of program activities intended to increase ASHRAE membership’s awareness of advancements in the occupant behavior research area. As outlined above, the MTG has so far sponsored 1 seminar in Las Vegas, 3 seminars in Long Beach, and is currently considered sponsoring 2 more seminars for Chicago 2018. The MTG has also sponsored 1 RTAR with RAC approval, another RTAR seeking RAC approval, and is considering sponsoring a third RTAR.
  • Additional program activities include the development of a position paper to outline the MTG’s overall scope and objectives, as well as the development of a chapter proposed for inclusion in the 2019 Applications Handbook. 
 

Meeting Times

  • Periodic teleconferences between conferences as needed
  • Scheduled Meetings:
    • Monday mornings at Society meetings from 8 am to 10 am
 

Minutes

06/27/2016, St. Louis, MO (Annual Meeting)

word_icon.png 11/04/2016 (phone call)

word_icon.png 01/30/2017, Las Vegas, NV (Winter Meeting)

 

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