Research and analysis

Scoping review of occupancy patterns

This report summarises the findings of an evidence review on occupancy and heating patterns.


Final report: Occupancy Patterns Scoping Review Project

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Understanding the occupancy and heating patterns of UK domestic consumers is important for understanding the role of demand-side technologies, such as occupancy-based smart heating controls to manage energy consumption more efficiently.

The research undertakes a systematic scoping review to identify and assess the quality of the UK and international evidence on occupancy patterns, to critically review the common methods of measuring occupancy, and to discuss the potential role of occupancy-based smart heating controls in meeting energy savings, thermal comfort and usability requirements.

This report was prepared by a team at the University of Southampton and commissioned by the former Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC).

Published 16 November 2016