Category Archives: Performance Huddle

The Role of Occupant Behavior in Building Design and Operation


Dr. Bing Dong, Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, UT San Antonio

Building energy consumption is a systematic procedure comprehensively influenced by not only engineering technologies, but also cultural concept, occupant behavior and social equity, etc.. People spend more than 90% of time in buildings and as a result occupancy behavior becomes a leading factor that affects building energy consumption but it is quite often oversimplified. Occupancy behavior refers to occupancy presence and numbers in spaces or a building, and human building interactions, such as opening/closing windows, blinds, and turning on/off lighting, as well as occupant preferences, such as thermal comfort. At the same time, the occupants’ expectation of comfort or satisfaction in the built environment drives the occupant to perform various controls, such as adjusting the thermostat in spaces, opening windows for ventilation, turning on lights, pulling down the window blinds, and consuming domestic hot water. Hence, having a better understanding, description, and model of occupant behavior in buildings can improve the accuracy of building simulations and guide the design and operation of buildings. This talk aims to highlight current state-of-art research on occupant behavior driven building design and operation.

Performance Huddle 2017 – Houston

Performance Huddle FlyerThe International Building Performance Simulation Association – Houston Chapter invites you to the first annual

Performance Huddle 2017 – Houston

A half day Symposium on Building Performance Modeling and Sustainable Design Practice.

When: October 20th 2017 – 12:00 pm to 4:30 pm

Where: Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture and Design, University of Houston


12:00 pm – 1:00 pm: Lunch & Networking

1:00 pm – 2:30 pm: First Session

  • Validation Study of Coupled FEA and CFD Steady State Analysis for the Prediction of Nighttime Building Enclosure Surface Temperatures using Maya Thermal/Flow for Siemens NX by Justin Boone WJE and John Tiernan, Maya HTT
  • Calibration of Models for Building Energy and Airflow Simulations by Atila Novoselac PhD, University of Texas at Austin

2:30 pm – 3:00 pm: Coffee Break & Networking

3:00 pm – 4:30 pm: Second Session

  • Energy Modeling for 179D Tax Deduction by Kevin Sullivan, Brayn Consulting
    Christian Ozbun, Intertek-PSI
  • Daylighting Metrics and Workflows by Paul Ferrer, Associate, HKS LINE

5:00 pm: Post-Symposium Happy Hour (location TBD)

This event is free to the public and lunch will be provided.

Please register here. If registering for lunch, please do it before October 19th.

Parking is not provided. Metered parking is available on lot 16B across from the College or at the UH Welcome Center. Click here for additional driving directions.

We strongly encourage the attendants to use the METRORail. Take the purple line to the Elgin/Third Ward station, the Robertson Stadium/UH/TSU station or the UH South/University Oaks station. It’s a 10 minute walk from any of these stations to the College of Architecture and Design.

Note: a happy hour will follow the symposium, details TBD.