Social incentive policies to engage commercial building occupants in demand response

Sisi Li, Kun Deng, Meng Chu Zhou

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Occupants' comfort is the primary target in a building operation. However their efforts are often neglected and ruled out from traditional control strategies of energy-efficient building management systems. Occupant-engaged control strategies have recently attracted many research attentions and demonstrated great potentials for energy saving. With them, occupants' behavior is incorporated into the closed-loop control methods in which their initiatives actively contribute to building services and energy utility by explicitly expressing their preferences. This work proposes an occupant-engaged demand response (DR) strategy for building automation in which occupants are actively engaged to adapt their energy consumption in response to incentive opportunities designed by facility managers. A model-based study and a Nash-Equilibrium-based solution are provided to assist facility managers with the design of social incentive policies to promote occupant participation, along with the guarantee of lucrativeness for a DR event.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number6899357
Pages (from-to)407-412
Number of pages6
JournalIEEE International Conference on Automation Science and Engineering
StatePublished - 2014
Event2014 IEEE International Conference on Automation Science and Engineering, CASE 2014 - Taipei, Taiwan, Province of China
Duration: Aug 18 2014Aug 22 2014

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


  • Building automation
  • demand response (DR)
  • energy efficiency
  • game theory


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