Ten Questions on Occupant-Centric Control and Operations

After 5 years of research and collaboration, we’re thrilled to announce the publication of the new paper “Ten Questions Concerning Occupant-Centric Control and Operations” 📚 - the product of Subtask 4 of the IEA-EBC Annex 79 research program (Occupant-Centric Building Design and Operation) that I had the pleasure to co-lead with Burak Gunay and Clayton Miller.

This paper has contributions from 34 world experts from 22 institutions who brought their unique insights, passion, and expertise to this work. Each one of you has been instrumental in bringing this project to life 🙌 Big thanks to:
Jakob Hahn (韩亚柯) Mohamed Ouf Seungjae Lee Brodie HobsonTareq Abuimara, Ph.D., MRAIC Karol Bandurski Maíra André Clara-Larissa Lorenz Sarah Crosby Bing Dong ZiXin Jiang Yuzhen Peng (Arlene Peng) Matteo Favero June Young Park Kingsley NweyePedram Nojedehi Helen Stopps Lucile Sarran Connor BrackleyKatherine B. Krissy Govertsen Nicole Koczorek Oliver Abele Emily Casavant Michael Kane Zheng O’Neill Tao Yang Julia Day, PhD, LEED AP Brent Huchuk Runa Hellwig Marika Vellei  

The journey we embarked on saw us deep diving into the intricacies of Occupant-Centric Control and Operation (OCC), a transformative approach 🔄 in the realm of building management. OCC prioritizes the marriage between operational efficiency and occupant comfort - essentially changing the game in building operations management! 🏢💡🔌

This paper encapsulates the essence of OCC. From its definition, categorization, to its roles and implications for building operators and designers, it’s a comprehensive guide. We’ve also touched upon the potential of OCC in load flexibility, its place in a pandemic altered world 🌍, taxonomy, real-world implementation and future research opportunities. 

🔍 We take you behind the scenes of OCC’s function in the built environment. If you’re interested in the future of building operations management, this is a MUST read! 


Zoltan Nagy
Zoltan Nagy
Assistant Professor

My research interests include reinforcement learning for buildings and smart cities.