Keywords: exergy consumption patterns, field measurements, occupant behaviour, occupant preference, logistics analysis, air conditioning usage, built environment, exergy analysis, air conditioning units, buildings
Study on the effect of preference of air–conditioning usage on the exergy consumption pattern within a built environment
According to previous work, preference is one major factor influencing occupants' behaviour. This paper aims at identifying the magnitude preference on the exergy consumption pattern within a built environment. The comparison is made between one group claiming to like sleeping in air–conditioned spaces and the other claiming to dislike it. In conclusion, the exergy analysis showed that at the individual level, preference accounts for an exergy consumption rate up to 15% higher and that, at the community level, the exergy consumption rate of those preferring the AC–unit use is up to four times higher than that of the others'.