University of Twente Student Theses


Designing an energy data representation to raise awareness within the UT community

Metten, S.T.H. (2020) Designing an energy data representation to raise awareness within the UT community.

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Abstract:One of the main causes of climate change is energy consumption, of which over one-third derives from buildings. Moreover, the behaviour of users has a considerable impact on building energy consumption. The University of Twente's (UT) objective is to reduce its CO2 footprint by 49% in 2030 compared to 2018. To raise awareness for energy consumption, the Energy Data Platform was set up by the Campus and Facility Management (CFM). This platform displays the data of electricity, gas, heat, water and cooling that is being consumed by the university. However, the platform has not been successful to increase the UT community’s awareness of energy consumption. Therefore, in this project an interactive energy data visualisation was developed that enables the UT community to gain insight in their personal contribution to the UT's energy consumption and provides tips on how energy can be saved. The concept was developed according to the requirements of the different stakeholders using an exploratory design approach through several idea generation methods. Research has been done into effective characteristics of energy data representations and applying the Transtheoretical Model of behavioural change. From user testing, it was concluded that the interactive energy data visualisation was found to be appealing, easy to use, understandable by the UT community, and raised awareness for energy consumption at the University of Twente.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
CFM, Enschede, The Netherlands
Faculty:EEMCS: Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science
Programme:Creative Technology BSc (50447)
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