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OfficeWise: Energy feedback in office workplaces
SP Sveriges Tekniska Forskningsinstitut.
Interactive Swedish ICT.
TU Eindhoven.
KTH, School of Computer Science and Communication (CSC), Centres, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Centres, Centre for Sustainable Communications, CESC. Interactive Swedish ICT.
2015 (English)In: Proceedings for ECEEE Summer study on Energy Efficiency 2015: First Fuel Now, ECEEE , 2015Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This paper presents the approach, progress and intermediate results from a project on energy feedback in office workplaces. A system of three prototypes for energy visualization targeting office workers has been designed and implemented in an office workplace. Feedback is given both on individual basis (in a PC application) and on accumulated basis (on a screen in the reception and by an ambient representation in shape of a chandelier in the lunch room). A measurement system provides detailed data on individual electricity use, temperature, ventilation and presence. The project aims at engaging office workers to more energy efficient behaviour at work by supplying tools to raise the awareness and ability to take action, but also to implement energy feedback in organizational processes. The main goal is permanent behavioural changes, resulting in 50 % electricity reduction in individual office rooms. The project is built on a multidisciplinary and participatory approach. The visualization tools were designed and constructed in collaboration with the office workers, using interviews, culture probes, co-creation workshops etc. Designing new organizational strategies and action plans will include further workshops and co-creation with staff and management. In spring 2014, a one week challenge was conducted among the office workers to make a first estimation of the energy saving potential. The results show an average reduction of 32 percent compared to a representative ‘normal’ week. On an annual basis, the savings correspond to 65 kWh per office room or 17 percent of the total electricity use. In general, the participants found the challenge interesting and took the opportunity to look over their habits. Everyone claimed they changed their behaviour in one way or another, but also that some habits were not worth the effort. Throughout the project, office workers have stressed that the management lack focus on and appreciation for energy efficiency. The next step is therefore to analyse how energy feedback can be implemented in organizational processes to achieve long-term changes in energy-related routines and behaviour.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
ECEEE , 2015.
Keyword [en]
Energy use, workplaces, sustainable practices, sustainability, electricity use, visualization, user behaviour
National Category
Engineering and Technology
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-180945ISBN: 978-91-980482-7-8ISBN: 978-91-980482-6-1OAI: diva2:897499
ECEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency, 1-6 June 2015, Toulon/Hyère, France
Swedish Energy Agency

QC 20160318

Available from: 2016-01-25 Created: 2016-01-25 Last updated: 2016-05-27Bibliographically approved

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