Liam O’Brien, Ph.D., P.Eng.
With a trend towards greater building automation, occupant needs and preferences during the design process are often forgotten. Meanwhile, occupants are often distrusted because of their seemingly irrational behaviours, whereas they merely want to restore comfort. Based on findings of post-occupancy evaluations from several hundred offices and apartments, this talk is focused on designing and operating buildings to optimize occupant comfort, building usability, and energy performance. The talk will provide humerous anecdotes, strange findings, and some general lessons learned and future recommendations.
Liam O’Brien, Ph.D., P.Eng. is an Associate Professor for Carleton University’s Architectural Conservation and Sustainability Engineering program. He is the principal investigator of the Human Building Interaction Lab, which consists of a team of 12 researchers with diverse backgrounds in engineering, architecture, and psychology. He has authored over 100 publications and two textbooks on net-zero energy buildings and occupant behaviour. He is the past president of the Canadian chapter of the International Building Performance Simulation Association and Co-Operating Agent for International Energy Agency - Energy in Buildings and Communities Annex 79, titled "Occupant-behaviour centric building design and operation.