IEA Annex 79 Expert Meeting &
International Symposium on Occupant Behaviour

The Fifth International Symposium on Occupant Behavior and Fourth Expert Meeting of IEA EBC Annex 79 were hosted by the University of Southampton, UK between the 20th to 23rd April, 2020. This was the first time the event was held online. The ease of attending virtually, facilitated by the Management Team, resulted in a record attendance of over 230 delegates from 25 countries and 82 institutions. For more details, including links to recorded presentations, see the Sustainable Energy Research Group website.


Occupant Behaviour Symposium

Occupant Behaviour 2020 (OB-20) is the 5th International Symposium focusing on designing and operating buildings with an occupant focus, and the underlying comfort, behavior, and energy considerations. OB-20 (Apr 20th and Apr 21st) aims to stimulate discussions and debate and to encourage contributions to IEA EBC Annex 79 “Occupant behavior-centric building design and operation”. Presenters from broad backgrounds (engineering, architecture, psychology, sociology, marketing, etc.; researchers or practitioners) attended to present their work.

IEA EBC Annex 79

IEA EBC Annex 79

The IEA EBC Annex 79 meeting is a group of approximately 70 researchers and other experts on the topic of occupant-centric building design and operation (more information on Annex 79). The two-day meeting consists of discussing, planning, and pursuing research activities and initiatives for this the five-year Annex, to integrate occupancy and occupant behavior into the design process and building operation.

Future events

Participants may also be interested in the 2nd International Conference on Energy and Cities, taking place at the University of Southampton in 1-3 July 2020.