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The potential for energy reduction in UK commercial offices through effective management and behaviour change

The potential for energy reduction in UK commercial offices through effective management and behaviour change

Mulville, Mark, Jones, Keith and Huebner, Gesche (2014) The potential for energy reduction in UK commercial offices through effective management and behaviour change. Architectural Engineering and Design Management, 10 (1-2). pp. 79-90. ISSN 1745-2007 (Print), 1752-7589 (Online) (doi:https://doi.org/10.1080/17452007.2013.837250)

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Abstract

General office equipment can be responsible for a significant proportion of overall electrical energy consumption in UK offices and this is predicted to rise significantly over the coming years (Webber et al. 2001). As a significant contributor to overall energy use, this equipment has a corresponding cost and carbon impact. The legally binding targets of The Climate Change Act UK (2008) present a need to address the impact of office equipment, especially within the less efficient existing building stock. In this study the range of energy consumption patterns observed across workstations in two typical UK, air-conditioned office spaces covering 90 desks, and the potential effect of using feedback to encourage energy reduction through behaviour change is explored.

The project monitored energy consumption over a four month baseline period. Taking into account technical, behavioural and environmental influences this baseline established that a significant variation in consumption patterns exists between workstations providing the same function, in comparable locations and over the same period of time. Following the establishment of the baseline data further monitoring took place over the following period to assess the effect of behaviour change interventions through the provision of comparative feedback. The core driver behind the variation in consumption identified was found to be occupant behaviour over technical and environmental considerations. The study establishes that it is possible to reduce energy use, carbon emissions and cost associated with desk level electricity consumption by up to 20% through behaviour change in typical UK office spaces. Further savings are possible through energy management and procurement policy, but behaviour change offers significant initial reductions for limited investment.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Energy; Small power; Office; CO2, Unregulated energy; Feedback; Behaviour change
Subjects: N Fine Arts > NA Architecture
T Technology > TH Building construction
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Architecture, Computing & Humanities
Faculty of Architecture, Computing & Humanities > Department of Built Environment
Faculty of Architecture, Computing & Humanities > Sustainable Built Environment Research Group (SBERG)
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Last Modified: 25 Nov 2016 15:57
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/11668

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