The Markets and Behavior task team will identify policies that accelerate market adoption of energy efficient retrofits of commercial buildings and support policy makers in the development of such policies in the Greater Philadelphia region.
Better technologies alone will not move the energy retrofit market. Public policies, individual and group behavior, and market forces themselves must also be mobilized to reduce energy use in the commercial buildings sector by 20 percent by 2020. To achieve this, the EEB Hub will assess the impact of public policies, behavior issues, and market mechanisms on energy retrofit activity and will directly engage with local, state, and national policy makers and analysts, the building industry, organized labor, financial institutions, and others to inform policy decisions aimed at increased energy retrofit project development and execution.
Architecture and Energy Efficient Buildings
Does energy consumption influence architectural style? Should more energy-efficient buildings look different and can that look be used to explain or enhance their performance? The team will examine and answer these questions and the role of architecture in expressing the consumption of energy.
Energy Saving Through Social Media/Serious Games
This project investigates how interactive social media shape and contribute to individuals' abilities to self-regulate, adapt, and modify their energy use behavior. We explore how tools based on these principles can be incorporated into building design and management to promote efficiencies in occupant energy use behavior, including enhanced receptivity to local energy conservation initiatives and sustained reductions in daily energy consumption.Read More
Penn State University Occupant Behavior Research Group
Group of Penn State researchers interested in the interactions among the indoor environment, human health and well-being, behavior, and energy efficiency.Read More