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Buildings 2017, 7(4), 119; https://doi.org/10.3390/buildings7040119

An Integrated Behavioural Model towards Evaluating and Influencing Energy Behaviour—The Role of Motivation in Behaviour Demand Response

People Behaviour & Technology Integration Group, Nimbus Research Centre, Cork Institute of Technology, Cork T12P928, Ireland
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Received: 22 September 2017 / Revised: 8 December 2017 / Accepted: 13 December 2017 / Published: 16 December 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Selected Papers from Sustainable Places 2017 (SP2017) Conference)
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The change in the actual use of buildings by its occupants is receiving more and more attention. Over the lifecycle of a building the occupants and therefore the demands towards the buildings often change a lot. To match these altering conditions, particularly in the context of the demand for energy efficiency, purely technical approaches usually cannot solve the problem on their own or are not financially viable. It is therefore essential to take the behaviour of the end user into account and ask the fundamental question: “How is it possible to influence people’s behaviour towards a more pro-environmental outcome, and also in the long-term?” To approach this question we will present a model-driven approach for dynamically involving building occupants into the energy optimisation process. To do so we will further develop an integrated behavioural model based on established behavioural theories, having a closer look how motivational variables can be integrated into the process. This should lead to novel approaches for behaviour demand response, enabling additional demand shifting and shedding through targeted real-time engagement with energy prosumers. View Full-Text
Keywords: prosumer behaviour modelling; behaviour demand response; motivation; self-determination theory; action regulation theory; goal-setting theory; theory of planned behaviour prosumer behaviour modelling; behaviour demand response; motivation; self-determination theory; action regulation theory; goal-setting theory; theory of planned behaviour
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Blanke, J.; Beder, C.; Klepal, M. An Integrated Behavioural Model towards Evaluating and Influencing Energy Behaviour—The Role of Motivation in Behaviour Demand Response. Buildings 2017, 7, 119.

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