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The next revolution in Net Zero buildings: Occupants

The next revolution in Net Zero buildings: Occupants | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it
Next-generation buildings will target occupants and the amount of energy consumed by plug-in devices, experts say.

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In a Net-Zero energy building, the remaining (low) energy consumption is dominated not by heating and colling, but plug loads. So occupant behavior change should be the next focus. Confirmed by this 100 engineers and architects from the design and build community.

Duane Tilden's curator insight, March 25, 2013 12:37 AM

Occupants in Net-Zero energy buildings are usually measured as a plug load.  Monitoring & limiting plug loads are methods of managing energy use in a building.

SAGE's curator insight, March 27, 2013 10:17 AM

We've made tremendous strides in conserving energy in buildings using new technologies like dynamic glass and advanced insulation materials. But there is still far to go. 

 

Greenbiz.com reports on panel of engineers, architects and other experts in Net Zero buildings who say the next front on energy efficiency will be changing the behavior of occupants. 

 

To these panelists, paying more attention to the occupant means paying attention to plug loads. That's the amount of energy consumed by devices plugged into electrical sockets.

 

"Occupant behavior change plus creative ideas equals Net Zero," says Humphrey of DPR Construction.

 

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How Behavioral Science Can Increase Energy Efficiency Adoption

With an evolving set of customer offerings—energy efficiency (EE), alternative fuel vehicles, demand response, and the like—many utilities are realizing that they may require better, different, or more communication.
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Given the well-accepted societal benefits of EE, however, all stakeholders should support leveraging the more innocuous insights, such as those discussed above, to increase participation and savings.

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How interesting the curation you are doing Hans. Very relevant and useful
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IEA - 25 Bright Ideas

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Click here to download all 25 bright ideas from the International Energy Agency.

Follow #25brightideas and @IEA on Twitter


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Survey: Employees 'passing the buck' on energy saving

Survey: Employees 'passing the buck' on energy saving | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it
E.ON trains 4,000 frontline staff in energy saving, after survey finds small businesses are failing to take responsibility for energy efficiency measures...

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Are building owners leaving money on the energy efficiency table?

Are building owners leaving money on the energy efficiency table? | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it
Due to risks associated with upgrade projects or the age of the building itself, cost savings aren't always maximized. Learn how to shift your risk while offering incentives to others.
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The Energy Efficiency Dilemma | Jonathan Michael Schleuss

What’s not efficient is the use of energy by students in newer dorms.

Data compiled by Facilities Management and analyzed by the Office for Campus Sustainability shows that some of the newest dorms on campus produce the most green house gas emissions per student than the older dorms on campus.

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Overinvesting in energy efficiency, on purpose | Grist

Overinvesting in energy efficiency, on purpose | Grist | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it

It’s worth noting that there are other views of the situation. Late last week I talked with University of Toronto professor Danny Harvey, author of a set of comprehensive textbooks on energy demand and clean energy supply. He says Baksi/Green’s conclusion on energy intensity is “complete nonsense.” He’s done some detailed modeling and believes that “between now and 2050, we can average 3 or 4 percent [decline in global energy intensity] a year,” and thereby reducing total energy use. The efforts required would be heroic, but within the realm of possibility.

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Energy efficiency in the workplace: which innovations are showing the most ... - Greenwise Business

Energy efficiency in the workplace: which innovations are showing the most ... - Greenwise Business | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it

The reality is energy efficiency poses more challenges than it addresses right now and, without new inventions, we’re unlikely to be able to tackle them with the urgency required. As Clare Hanmer, Technology Strategy manager at Carbon Trust Innovations, puts it: "There are so many barriers to energy efficiency. It’s not that anyone is missing a trick, it’s just a huge complex problem. You may overcome one barrier, but other barriers get in the way."

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Lessons from a Colorful Map of NYC Energy Use in Buildings - Triple Pundit

Lessons from a Colorful Map of NYC Energy Use in Buildings - Triple Pundit | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it

Triple Pundit - Lessons from a Colorful Map of NYC Energy Use in Buildings. As Howard explains: “The lack of information about building energy use is staggering.

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Home energy saving devices at a library near you - Today's THV

Home energy saving devices at a library near you - Today's THV | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it

Home energy saving devices at a library near you. The 'Track and Save' program seeks to educate Arkansans about residential energy use and to ultimately influence Arkansans to reduce energy and save money at home by unplugging electronics...

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What's in it for us? – Learning from Marketing Energy Efficiency

What's in it for us? – Learning from Marketing Energy Efficiency | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it
What’s in it for us? reflects on the learning from the workshop and how they build on the lessons and recommendations from What’s in it for me? Key insights relate to the challenge of segmentation, the importance of learning on the job and need to consider the method of communication, as well as the message itself.
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How Data and Social Pressure Can Reduce Home Energy Use

How Data and Social Pressure Can Reduce Home Energy Use | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it
With the relationship between utilities and their customers changing in unprecedented ways, new companies are deploying vast amounts of data and social psychology techniques to try to persuade people to use less electricity in their homes.
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How Behavior Change Psychology Can Be Applied To Energy Efficiency

“The Behavior Program Summary documents a total of 160 programs that the respondents considered to be behavior change, and 90 related evaluations, underway at 61 organizations. While respondents were allowed to select multiple sectors for each program, 56 percent of the programs reported were residential sector-focused, while another 28 percent targeted the commercial sector and 11 percent focused on the industrial sector.”
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Is a Behavior-Based Energy Efficiency Plan a Good Fit for Your Organisation?

Is a Behavior-Based Energy Efficiency Plan a Good Fit for Your Organisation? | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it
After you have identified why you would like to start saving energy, the solution to how might be a behavior-based plan!  Find out if a behavior-based energy program such as the CLASS 5 Plan is right for you.

Behavior-programs ...

... Do not require an expert to perform an energy audit.
... Give YOU the choice.
... Require no major asset improvements.
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Measuring energy use and behaviour change in the home

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Andy Steele: Salford University's research revealed interesting results but longterm household study has some obvious drawbacks...
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Behavioral approaches to energy conservation pay off - Intelligent Utility

Behavioral approaches to energy conservation pay off - Intelligent Utility | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it

Utilities have begun to experiment with pilot programs that embody a behavioral approach. These programs are designed to change consumer behavior towards energy consumption, resulting in load reduction. Such behavioral approaches include any program that initiates a change in behavior that doesn't require a widget or a rebate on a "widget-based" program. A behavioral approach is not technology based.

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Why Energy Efficiency Isn't All It's Cracked Up to Be

Why Energy Efficiency Isn't All It's Cracked Up to Be | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it

When New Yorker writer David Owen moved his family from Manhattan to a small town in northwestern Connecticut in 1985, it seemed like a green decision. Their tree-shaded house had been built in the 1700s and sat across from a nature preserve. Deer, wild turkeys and even bears could be seen in their yard; woods surrounded their neighborhood. It was a bucolic country existence, something out of a nature poem.

Yet for the global environment, the move was a minidisaster. The Owens' electricity consumption went up more than sevenfold, and the lack of both public transportation and dense housing that's typical of Connecticut (and much of the rest of the U.S.) meant the family had to buy several cars.

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Motivating Energy Conservation Behavior without Monetary Incentives

In theory, there are several basic economic and psychological motivators that motivate people to be more sustainable. It is easy assume that providing people with information that using less energy is more cost-effective would motivate a shift toward conservation. However, Fischlein observed that there is often an “energy-efficiency gap,” or a difference between what is economically efficient and what actually gets done. Fischlein stated that “more information alone is not enough,” as increasing awareness has been shown to increase knowledge while motivating little behavioral change.

According to Fischlein, even raising the price of energy might not promote a decrease in consumption because energy exhibits low price elasticity. She also observed “psychological licensing” related to energy use, which effectively means that people lose a sense of moral responsibility for their actions because they have to pay to consume. Motivating altruistic conservation is also difficult because energy use is not visible, so people cannot see the impact of their actions in any direct way.

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The challenges of influencing consumption habits - The Guardian (blog)

The challenges of influencing consumption habits - The Guardian (blog) | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it

The challenges of influencing consumption habits. "It doesn't matter, it's energy efficient" said a Bolton social housing tenant, living in a house retrofitted with the latest energy-saving technologies.

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