Modelling electricity consumption in office buildings: An agent based approach

Tao Zhang, Peer-Olaf Siebers, Uwe Aickelin

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    In this paper, we develop an agent-based model which integrates four important elements, i.e. organisational energy management policies/regulations, energy management technologies, electric appliances and equipment, and human behaviour, to simulate the electricity consumption in office buildings. Based on a case study, we use this model to test the effectiveness of different electricity management strategies, and solve practical office electricity consumption problems. This paper theoretically contributes to an integration of the four elements involved in the complex organisational issue of office electricity consumption, and practically contributes to an application of an agent-based approach for office building electricity consumption study.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)2882-2892
    Number of pages11
    JournalEnergy and Buildings
    Issue number10
    Publication statusPublished - Oct 2011


    • Office energy consumption
    • Agent-based simulation
    • Energy management technologies


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