In many countries around the world, we spend the vast majority of our time indoors. As a result, the design and operation of buildings impacts our experiences and outcomes (e.g., well-being, productivity). This building-human relationship is not one sided, however: human behavior is the largest factor in driving energy consumption in buildings. The following domain are an important area for research.

  • How we can best design buildings—or make interventions in existing buildings—to support both energy efficiency and positive occupant experiences.
  • How can we use modern sensing tools to understand social dynamics in buildings?
  • How does the spatial design of the building influence our experiences?
  • How can we change the layouts of buildings to address our social and environmental goals?