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People-Centred Approach for ICT Tools Supporting Energy Efficient and Healthy Behaviour in Buildings

Version 1 : Received: 9 October 2017 / Approved: 10 October 2017 / Online: 10 October 2017 (17:41:16 CEST)

How to cite: Tisov, A.; Podjed, D.; D’Oca, S.; Vetršek, J.; Willems, E.; Op’t Veld, P. People-Centred Approach for ICT Tools Supporting Energy Efficient and Healthy Behaviour in Buildings. Preprints 2017, 2017100064 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201710.0064.v1). Tisov, A.; Podjed, D.; D’Oca, S.; Vetršek, J.; Willems, E.; Op’t Veld, P. People-Centred Approach for ICT Tools Supporting Energy Efficient and Healthy Behaviour in Buildings. Preprints 2017, 2017100064 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201710.0064.v1).

Abstract

This paper attempts to alter a prevailing assumption that buildings use energy to an understanding that in fact, people use energy. Therefore, to successfully accelerate the transition to a low-carbon society and economy more emphasis should be on motivating people and increasing their awareness by making them energy conscious building users and therefore active players in the energy transition process. In this context, this paper provides insights from the Horizon 2020 MOBISTYLE project. It demonstrates research and development approaches, highlights the main project objectives, and presents findings of an ethnographic (qualitative) study of users’ habits, practices, and needs. The aim of the project is to motivate behavioural change by raising consumer awareness through the provision of attractive personalized information on user’s energy use, indoor environment and health, all enabled by an integrated information and communication technology (ICT) service. In this context, the anthropological people-centred approach is integrated into the MOBISTYLE approach putting users at the centre of the ICT tools development process. The main quantitative objective of the project is a reduction of energy use for at least 16 % prompted by the provision of combined information and feedback systems on energy, indoor environmental quality (IEQ) and health. The most relevant motivational factors and key performance indicators (KPIs) for encouraging a more energy conscious and healthy lifestyle were defined by means of a people-centred approach, adopting anthropological inquiries in different settings. Information about users’ lifestyles and their needs was collected in focus groups with potential users in five case studies, located in different European Union (EU) countries. Behaviour change is achieved through awareness campaigns, which encourage users to be pro-active about their energy consumption and to simultaneously improve health and well-being.

Subject Areas

Energy use; indoor environment; health; behaviour change; awareness campaign; people-centred approach

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