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Manuscript deadline
01 February 2021

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Journal of Building Performance Simulation

Special Issue Editor(s)

Mohamed Ouf, PhD, P.Eng, Dept. of Building, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Concordia University and member of Concordia’s Centre for Zero Energy Building Studies
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June Young Park, Ph.D. , Dept. of Civil Engineering, The University of Texas at Arlington
[email protected]

Burak Gunay, PhD, P.Eng, Subtask Leader of IEA EBC Annex 79 (Occupant Centric Building Design and Operation), Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Carleton University
[email protected]

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Simulation of Occupant-Centric Control for Building Operations

Occupant-Centric Control (OCC) is a building control strategy in which occupant-related information is either directly or indirectly inferred from a variety of sensors, control interfaces, or mobile and wearable devices to operate building systems accordingly (e.g., HVAC or lighting systems). Advanced sensing infrastructure and machine learning algorithms provide numerous opportunities to implement OCCs in buildings which aim to improve both energy efficiency and occupant comfort.  To facilitate tuning the parameters of these OCCs and evaluate their performance under different scenarios for a wide range of applications, testing prior to implementation can be achieved using building performance simulation

One-page abstracts (250 words) of proposed papers are solicited in the following areas:

  • OCC simulation methodologies and applications
  • Performance metrics for benchmarking and evaluating OCC performance
  • Using OCC for demand response strategies and prediction of building-grid interactions
  • OCC implementation for energy flexibility
  • Data-driven approaches to simulate OCCs for optimizing building operation
  • Integrating diverse occupancy patterns and occupant-behaviour models in OCC simulation
  • Applying OCC in urban-scale simulations for optimizing building-grid interactions
  • Novel OCC simulation case studies, with generalizable results

Scope: This special issue is organized under Subtask 4 of IEA EBC Annex 79 on occupant-centric building design and operations. The novelty of the contribution with respect to the state-of-the-art will be an important criterion. The incorporation of measured data and case studies is an important consideration. As usual in the JBPS, there are rigorous expectations regarding the soundness of the scientific methodology and their potential as seminal works for future research and long-term impact.

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Submission Instructions

Please submit your Abstract by email to the Guest Editors:

Mohamed Ouf ([email protected]), June Young Park ([email protected]), Burak Gunay ([email protected]).

Mohamed Ouf, PhD, P.Eng

Dept. of Building, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Concordia University and member of Concordia’s Centre for Zero Energy Building Studies.

June Young Park, PhD.

Dept. of Civil Engineering, The University of Texas at Arlington

Burak Gunay, PhD, P.Eng

Subtask Leader of IEA EBC Annex 79 (Occupant Centric Building Design and Operation), Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Carleton University

Abstract due date: September 15th, 2020

Notification of selection for submission of full paper: September 30th, 2020

Full paper due:  February 1st, 2021

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