The genuinely intelligent building – a conference addressing user behaviour in intelligent buildings

UN City, 20 December 2018 – With the UN City building as a case, the Danish Energy Agency, Danish Technological Institute and UN City have investigated how to increase the potential for energy efficient operation in intelligent buildings by focusing on user behaviour. The conference will take place in UN City on 18 January 2019 and use the unique setting to showcase the findings and conclusions of this year-long study.

Intelligent, smart and cognitive buildings are on the rise. An increasing range of affordable sensors has made big data a reality, along with increased building automation. However, despite the potential, challenges remain: Higher energy consumption than expected, complex operation and user expectations not being met. To overcome these challenges, intelligent building designs need a larger focus on usage rather than smartness, as well as a paradigm shift from hyper-complex automation to selected technologies that are of high-impact. To effectively execute this, balancing user behaviour and smart technologies is crucial rather than a narrow focus on technology. This conference aims to bring together different interest groups and provide a platform for reflection on intelligent buildings. The discussion will focus on intelligent solutions in a framework of end-user behaviour and human-building-interaction. Being a new field, with many approaches, the conference intends to facilitate dialogue regarding the collective learnings and best practices observed so far as well as the future paths available. The conference has an interdisciplinary approach to the theme and is relevant for a broad audience including both those working with the design phase to the operation phase – Building Owners, Builders, Technical Adviser, Architects, Operations Managers, Students.

The conference takes place on Friday 18 January from 08.30-16.00.

Conference programme:

08:30 – 09.30 Security Clearance and Registration

09.30 – 09.40 Welcome and Introduction

09.45 – 10.05 Setting the scene. Current knowledge gaps – optimization of intelligent buildings
Danish Energy Agency

10.10. – 10.20 Virtual Tour, UN City
UN City Public Diplomacy & Communications

10.20 – 10.40 Expectations from an intelligent building and motivation for energy efficiency optimization
UN City, Common Services

10.40 – 11.00 Coffee Break

11.00 – 12.15 UN City: Intelligent interaction between buildings and their users
Danish Technological Institut

12.13- 13.15 Lunch

13.20 – 13.50 How to holistically operate intelligent buildings? Real-life cases and experiences
Danish Building and Property Agency

13.55 – 14.25 Understanding energy efficient buildings from a cross disciplinary perspective
Simon Westergaard Lex, Department of Anthropology, University of Copenhagen

14.30 – 15.00 NOW-Tech, NO-Tech and YES-Tech : A balanced approach to passive and active buildings, leanings from the Healthy Homes project

15.05 – 16.00 Panel Discussion – Performance gap and its calculation