///Design: Robust and Human Centered @ buildings, an open access journal by MDPI
Over the past few decades, building design has gone through significant changes in order to increase energy efficiency—architectural changes, as well as changes in building technology. Both the complexity and capital costs have increased, while it seems that user satisfaction has decreased. In addition, it has been recognized that the desired level of energy performance is not often achieved.
This effect is called the “performance gap” and has been the subject of several scientific studies and journal papers. The performance gap is primarily caused by building systems (mainly building control systems and Hydronics for energy supply systems) and/or user behavior. Building design goes through an optimization process; however, we recognize that the final product is not yet robust. The interface between users and building systems is complex and not fully understood yet. The variations in user behavior are not properly considered in building design.
Prof. Thomas Auer / TU München
Prof. Dr. Ulrich Knaack / TU Delft – TU Darmstadt
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