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Occupancy patterns Understanding and optimising a building’s occupancy patterns can often lead to solutions that will save energy and improve thermal comfort. For example, a single university building may include offices, computer rooms, libraries and lecture rooms. Lecture rooms and offices are predominantly used in the daytime, hence they should be situated to take full advantage of natural light and passive heat gains. Computer rooms and libraries are occupied from morning to late at night, therefore the focus should be on optimising artificial lighting and reducing cooling needs (due to higher heat loads from people and computers). A smartly oriented building can minimise energy usage. Therefore, it is important to understand occupant behaviour and the requirements of different segments of a building in order to optimise building performance.



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