Evaluating Current Systems and Exploring the Potential of Social Networking Platforms to Increase User Engagement with Eco-Feedback Systems. Bulbul, T.; Mohammadi, N.; and Taylor, J. E. In Computing in Civil and Building Engineering (2014), pages 1836--1844. American Society of Civil Engineers.
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For infrastructure energy efficiency to reach its full potential, new and improved ways for occupants to engage with their energy use are needed. Despite the recent advancements in eco-feedback systems, strategies to increase motivation and user engagement in these systems remain primitive for a number of reasons. Improving the efficiency of user-driven energy conservation actions requires improvements in the delivery of energy consumption feedback, and methods that trigger occupant engagement with infrastructure data within eco-feedback systems. One approach to achieve increased engagement is through integrating feedback solutions with social networking platforms. This will enable feedback systems to address a larger population and to utilize persuasive engagement approaches such as: customized awareness, engagement motivations, and time/location-sensitive alerts. In this paper, we explore potential interactions between the occupants, infrastructure, and eco-feedback systems to examine the relevance of exploiting social media to increase user engagement in energy conservation actions. We examine the applicability and effectiveness of four eco-feedback systems from an occupant engagement perspective and identify gaps in these interactive systems. Finally, we propose a dynamic and interactive approach to feedback to enhance infrastructure energy efficiency.
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  title = {Evaluating Current Systems and Exploring the Potential of Social Networking Platforms to Increase User Engagement with Eco-Feedback Systems},
  isbn = {978-0-7844-1361-6},
  url = {http://ascelibrary.org/doi/abs/10.1061/9780784413616.228},
  abstract = {For infrastructure energy efficiency to reach its full potential, new and improved ways for occupants to engage with their energy use are needed. Despite the recent advancements in eco-feedback systems, strategies to increase motivation and user engagement in these systems remain primitive for a number of reasons. Improving the efficiency of user-driven energy conservation actions requires improvements in the delivery of energy consumption feedback, and methods that trigger occupant engagement with infrastructure data within eco-feedback systems. One approach to achieve increased engagement is through integrating feedback solutions with social networking platforms. This will enable feedback systems to address a larger population and to utilize persuasive engagement approaches such as: customized awareness, engagement motivations, and time/location-sensitive alerts. In this paper, we explore potential interactions between the occupants, infrastructure, and eco-feedback systems to examine the relevance of exploiting social media to increase user engagement in energy conservation actions. We examine the applicability and effectiveness of four eco-feedback systems from an occupant engagement perspective and identify gaps in these interactive systems. Finally, we propose a dynamic and interactive approach to feedback to enhance infrastructure energy efficiency.},
  urldate = {2014-09-16TZ},
  booktitle = {Computing in Civil and Building Engineering (2014)},
  publisher = {American Society of Civil Engineers},
  author = {Bulbul, T. and Mohammadi, N. and Taylor, J. E.},
  pages = {1836--1844}
}
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