Occupant behavioral change for energy efficiency in office buildings

Erina Asyera, Ahmad Gamal, Toga H. Pandjaitan

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We examined the role of the built and social environment in changing occupants' energy consumption in an office building. We argued that understanding occupants' behavior is the key factor to achieve energy efficiency. We collected contemporary scientific articles from the fields of psychology, energy efficiency, and sustainable architecture that discuss the encouragement of sustainable behavior. We found two main factors that emerge as the key to shaping energy-saving behavior: knowledge input and environmental feedbacks. After that, we conducted qualitative research to observe occupants' behavior in the Ministry of Public Work and Public Housing Main Office-a platinum-certified green building-to see whether there was indeed a correlation between environment and sustainable energy behavior through field observation and questioners. Our research showed that occupants who worked in a green environment have good sustainable energy behavior. We argued that a balanced perceptive-a consideration of how building and occupants simultaneously and mutually affect each other-is crucial in efforts to encourage behavior change that will lead to building energy efficiency.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication4th International Tropical Renewable Energy Conference, i-TREC 2019
EditorsEny Kusrini, I. Gde Dharma Nugraha
PublisherAmerican Institute of Physics Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9780735420144
Publication statusPublished - 3 Sept 2020
Event4th International Tropical Renewable Energy Conference 2019, i-TREC 2019 - Bali, Indonesia
Duration: 14 Aug 201916 Aug 2019

Publication series

NameAIP Conference Proceedings
ISSN (Print)0094-243X
ISSN (Electronic)1551-7616


Conference4th International Tropical Renewable Energy Conference 2019, i-TREC 2019


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