Do Well to Dwell Well. Awareness as the Driver for the Behaviour of Tomorrow’s Citizens

Chiara Tonelli (Roma Tre University, Department of Architecture, Rome, Italy)
I Montella (Roma Tre University, Department of Architecture, Rome, Italy)
B Cardone (Roma Tre University, Department of Architecture, Rome, Italy)

Article ID: 966


Because of the impact of global warming, the Earth’s ecosystems are currently at a critical stage. The European building sector, and the residential element in particular, is responsible for the largest portion of energy end-use. Although we know how to build a perfectly engineered house, it will not work properly if its inhabitants do not know how to run it. “Well-educated” dwellers can really improve energy use. The aim of this research is to optimize the users’ role in the energy reduction process, analysing as a case study, Dwell!, the monitoring system designed for “RhOME for denCity”, the housing prototype developed by Roma Tre University and winner of the “Solar Decathlon Europe” competition in 2014.


Home automation; Energy monitoring; Comfort conditions; Human and building interaction; Building performance comparison

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