As this blog points it out often, the Energy Efficiency industry seems to be growing apart into two nearly distinct camps: the technical side and the behavior side.“It’s bad enough that we now have these quantitative versus qualitative ideologies glaring at each other from opposite sides of the room, but in many instances they can work against each other.” In his very interesting blog article, NOESIS’ Ryan REID highlighted how to bridge technical and behaviour changes. I tried to sum up here the key insights:
- We all choose one or the other side and feel ours is the most important.
- Behavioural sciences solution may look like fluffy, especially for technology-focused people.
- The dashboard solution helps ocupants discover exactly how to reduce their energy impact by letting them witness the measured impact of their actions on the total energy consumption.
- Mandated energy disclosure is a behavior tool that motivates efficiency improvements by aligning tenants’ and owners’ interests.
- Technical efficiency improvements can actively challenge the occupant to change behavior to the further benefit of energy efficiency through gamification.
- Hiring energy managers working on technical projects, behaviour initiatives, and on what projects to pursue and how to coordinate can make sense for some big facilities.
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