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Building owners and tenants struggle over building efficiency in modernizing cities, like Hong Kong. Photo by ¡kuba! / Flickr
Managing Behavior and “Building Culture” for Greater Efficiency
In the past few years, large commercial building owners and managers have expressed growing interest in using behavioral strategies to improve their buildings’ performance. That interest often takes the form of “occupant engagement,” whereby tenants are encouraged to adjust their ...
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Encouraging energy efficient behavior in buildings is best accomplished when managers respect local culture. (Photo: Joshua Damasio/ Flickr)
Energy Use in Buildings: What’s Culture Got to Do with It?
When the March 11, 2011 earthquake in Japan caused a series of energy shortages throughout the country, the national government recommended that office buildings cut back on air conditioning during the summer months in order to reduce power usage. Through ...