OB-17 Symposium and 6th IEA EBC Annex 66 Experts’ Meeting

by Da Yan, June 23, 2017
  1. When: September 25-27, 2017
  2. Where: Wangzesheng Hall, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China

The 6th IEA EBC Annex 66 Experts’ Meeting will be held between September 25th – 27th at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China. As the final expert meeting of Annex 66, the achievements to date, the final report, as well as a potential new annex will be discussed and concluded during the two-day expert meeting. The expert meeting will follow a Symposium on September 25th where speakers will be invited to present their view on the topic from an industry, engineering research or social science research perspective.




Annex 66 Expert Meeting

Sep 25th (Monday)

Sep 26th (Tuesday)

Sep 27th (Wednesday)

09:00 – 10:30

Session 1

Review of OB research

Overview of the process of Annex66

Final report of Subtask-D

10:30 – 12:00

Session 2

Modeling and Evaluation

Final report of Subtask-A

Final report of Subtask-E

12:00 – 13:00

Working Lunch

13:00 – 15:00

Session 3

Application of OB Research

Final report of Subtask-B

Summary of Annex66 / Discussion on the potential new annex

15:00 – 17:00

Session 4

Perspective of future research

Final report of Subtask-C

Technical Tour

17:00 – 19:00




Registration and Visa

Please fill in the registration form and send it back by email together with the digital copy of your passport (first page) to zhupanyu129@tsinghua.edu.cn before September 1st 2017.  Because of the necessary time (about 2 weeks) for applying for an official invitation letter from Tsinghua University please start the procedure as soon as possible.

Registration Fee

Symposium (including lunch and reception)

Sep 25th

70 USD or 500 RMB

Expert meeting (including 2 lunches + 1 dinner)

Sep 26th – 27th

100 USD or 700 RMB

Symposium + expert meeting

(including 3 lunches + reception + 1 dinner)

Sep 25th – 27th

150 USD or 1000 RMB

The registration fee could be paid by money transfer to the following bank account or paid by cash at the meeting venue.

  • Bank name: Bank of China
  • Bank Street Address: 1 Fu Xing Men Nei Da Jie, Beijing 100818, China
  • Account Holder Name: TSINGHUA University
  • Account Holder Address: Qing Hua Yuan, Beijing 100084, China
  • Account Number: 778350033647

Please inform us by sending email to zhupanyu129@tsinghua.edu.cn after your money transfer. We will email back to confirm that your registration fee has been successfully received.

Meeting Venue

The Symposium and Expert Meeting will be held in Wangzesheng Hall in the School of Architecture on the campus of Tsinghua University. The map below will show you how to get to the meeting venue from Beijing Capital International Airport.

Arrival by taxi: 45 min, cost approximately 100 RMB

Arrival by Subway: Airport Line ->Subway Line 10 -> Subway Line 13 ->Walk 12min


There are many hotels in Beijing and several closer to the campus.  If you would like to stay closer to the campus, you can find a list here: 


Hotel Class

Unisplendour International Center


Wenjin Hotel


Xijiao Hotel Beijing


Holiday Inn Beijing Haidian



Travel in Beijing

The end of September is a good time for visiting Beijing. You could find some useful information here:



If you have any questions with regard to the Beijing International symposium and Annex 66 Experts’ meeting, please do not hesitate to contact:

Dr. Panyu ZHU, zhupanyu129@tsinghua.edu.cn, Tel: +86-18510754027


Past Meetings

OB-17 Joint IEA EBC Annex 66 and 69 Symposium on Occupant Behaviour and Adaptive Thermal Comfort

by Rune Korsholm Andersen, updated at March 23, 2017

OB-17 is the third international symposium focusing on monitoring, modelling, and manipulating occupant behaviour and the energy and comfort consequences of these behaviours. It aims to bring researchers from Annex 69 and Annex 66 together to share recent research, technological developments and best practices on the understanding and influence of adaptive thermal comfort and occupant behaviour in buildings.

Researchers and practitioners from broad backgrounds (engineering, architecture, psychology, sociology, marketing, etc.) are encouraged to participate. OB-17 aims to stimulate discussions and debate on adaptive thermal comfort and occupant behaviour. The symposium follows a two day Annex 69 expert meeting on adaptive thermal comfort and, is followed by a two-day Annex 66 meeting on Modelling of Occupant behaviour in buildings. Both meetings will be held at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU).

The symposium will consist of the following four sessions:

Measuring the environment, occupant behaviour and its triggers: physical and physiological

  • Physical and physiological drivers for different behaviours
  • Physiological proxies for comfort
  • Measuring occupants’ behaviour

Measuring the environment, occupant behaviour and its triggers: social and psychological

  • Social and psychological drivers for different behaviours
  • Influence of social and psychological aspects on thermal comfort

Modelling occupant behaviour at the building and population scales: integration into building models and standards

  • Models of adaptive comfort
  • Models of occupant behaviour

Learning from case study buildings: lessons from occupant behaviour in exemplar buildings

  • Case studies including thermal comfort and/or occupant behaviour

Each session will be divided into slots of 20 minutes (including questions and discussions).

We invite participants who would like to present to submit an abstract of maximum 300 words, describing their potential talk. These will go through a blinded review process which will form the basis for the selection of talks.

Please send your abstract in pdf format to annex.meetings@byg.dtu.dk before the 15th of March 2017. Remember to indicate which session you would like to present in.

Annex 69 meeting including lunch both days and dinner on May 15: 1400 DKK
OB17 symposium including lunch and reception (not dinner) on May 17: 500 DKK
Annex 66 meeting including lunch both days and dinner on May 18: 1400 DKK

Please register before April 30 via the following link: http://www.conferencemanager.dk/annex66meeting

Important dates

  • March 15: Submission of abstract
  • April 15 Notification of acceptance
  • May 15-16 Annex 69 meeting
  • May 17 OB17 symposium
  • May 18-19 Annex 66 meeting


The Symposium will be held at the Technical University of Denmark in Lyngby, You can find a map of the campus here.

Location: The glass hall in Building 101 (the main building).

OB-16 Symposium and 4th IEA EBC Annex 66 Experts’ Meeting (August 3-5, 2016, Carleton University)

OB-16 is the second international symposium focusing on monitoring, modelling, and manipulating occupant behaviour and the energy and comfort consequences of these behaviours. Presenters from broad backgrounds (engineering, architecture, psychology, sociology, marketing, etc.; researchers or practitioners) are encouraged to participate. OB-16 aims to stimulate discussions and debate and to encourage contributions to IEA EBC Annex 66 “Definition and Simulation of Occupant Behavior in Buildings” (www.annex66.org). A two-day meeting of Annex 66 follows OB-16 (August 4th and 5th, also at Carleton University), with all symposium participants welcome to attend.

Carleton University has about 28 thousand students and is one of Ottawa’s two major universities and is known for its programs in public and international affairs, engineering, architecture, and journalism. Ottawa is Canada’s capital and has a population of nearly 1-million. It is located in Eastern Ontario, Canada’s most populated province. It has an international airport with direct flights to several European cities (Frankfurt and London) and many North American cities. Ottawa is known for its many museums, cultural attractions, and proximity to nature.

Carleton Automn MillSt

IEA-EBC Annex 66 International symposium and 3rd expert meeting in Vienna, Austria

We are happy to announce that registration for IEA-EBC Annex 66 International symposium and 3rd expert meeting in Vienna, Austria is now open at http://bpi.tuwien.ac.at/annex66/.

The deadline for registration is Wednesday, 17th of February 2016. But to facilitate the meeting organization, we encourage you to complete the registration at your earliest convenience. Additional information (registration, accommodation, and schedule) may be found at http://bpi.tuwien.ac.at/annex66/.

Please do not hesitate to contact us at annex66@tuwien.ac.at, if you have any questions with regard to Vienna International symposium and Annex 66 meeting.

The 3rd Expert Meeting of the Working Phase will be hosted by Prof. Ardeshir Mahdavi, Vienna University of Technology, Austria, March 30 to April 1, 2016. 

Building energy performance and occupant behavior

This is the first announcement of the second IEA EBC Annex 66 Expert Meeting which will be held together with a one-day International Symposium.

During the symposium, invited speakers will present their view on the topic from an industry, engineering research and social science research perspective. This will be followed by a series of short PhD-presentations discussed with an expert panel. A banquet will finish the first day in the Karlsruhe Palace. .

During the two-day expert meeting, the scope and the progress of work of the annex will be discussed in the general panel and in parallel sub-task sessions. An evening event on the first evening of the expert meeting will give the opportunity to continue discussions in a relaxed atmosphere.

Attendance fee:

International Symposium Daytime (excl. banquet):

120 €

Banquet (August 3rd)

30 €

2nd Expert Meeting of IEA EBC Annex 66
Daytime (2 days) and Evening Dinner at 1st day (August 4th)

50 €

Symposium and Annex Meeting (excl. banquet, but incl. Evening Dinner)

180 €

Symposium, Annex Meeting, and banquet (incl. Evening Dinner)

210 €

The fee includes all congress information. Registration is possible until July, 24th 2015.

Registration is over. In case you would like to attend the symposium or meeting, please send an email to marcel.schweiker@kit.edu

Hotel Reservations German    English

International Symposium on Building Energy Performance and Occupant Behavior
August 3rd 2015 Program (tentative)


Welcome and Introduction

Andreas Wagner, Karl-Friedrich Ziegahn (KIT)


Session 1
Occupant behavior from an engineering perspective



Key Note:
From total energy use in buildings to Occupant Behavior


Bjarne Olesen (DTU)


Rebound effects in residential apartment buildings after refurbishment

Dirk Müller (RWTH Aachen)



Simulation of pedestrian behavior with the social Force Model

Tobias Kretz (PTV Group)


Coffee break



Session 2
Occupant behavior from a psychological/sociological perspective



Key Note:
Promoting behavior change of occupants


Ellen van der Werff (University of Groningen)


Insights into occupants' satisfaction at workplaces: method and results from field studies

Karin Schakib-Ekbatan (IREES)



Inferring cognitive states from behavioral data: Examples from driving simulation studies

Gerhard Rinkenauer (IfADO)


Lunch Break



Session 3
Occupant behavior from an industry perspective



Key Note:
Building Automation as a key to manage occupant demand and energy performance

Dirk John (ABB)


Detecting energy in-efficiency – an effective and smart approach

Giel van Giersbergen (Cofely)



Technological implementation of occupant behavior in energy efficiency solutions for buildings

Janis Anders (Kieback & Peter)


Coffee Break



PhD Session



8 x 5’ presentations with short panel comments and discussion

Call open until end of June




2nd Expert Meeting of IEA EBC Annex 66

Program (tentative)

Date: Tuesday, August 4 - Wednesday, August 5

Venue: Faculty of Architecture, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

10:00 - 17:00       General discussions and sub-task sessions.

                          Evening event on Tuesday.


  • 2nd Expert Meeting of IEA EBC Annex 66 Daytime (2 days) and Evening Dinner at 1st day): 50 €
  • Symposium and Annex meeting: 180 €


Details of the meetings are available at the following flyer and slides.