Description: The housing sector has been identified as the sector with the largest potential for energy savings. Yet in spite of great technical progress, a large part of the savings is left wanting primarily related to the residents’ practices, including still higher expectations of comfort, lacking understanding of the building technologies and technologies that are not adapted to user needs. Therefore, the future energy efficient technology has better to meet the user’s needs and to support their practices in a sustainable direction. This requires deeper understanding of different user practices and their relations to energy consumption – and it requires that this kind of knowledge is utilized in development of new technologies and in renovations of existing buildings.

This PhD course is related to the UserTEC project ( ) and it seeks to make PhD students from Technology, Architecture, Social Sciences and Humanities work together to find a common language to work with this complex interdisciplinary field. There will therefore be a strong focus on the PhD students presenting their own work and working together to develop new approaches, understandings and solutions.

Course shared with UserTEC project is co-financing the course, when it comes to international guest researchers, etc.
Organizer: Kirsten Gram-Hanssen (responsible), Per Heiselberg, Susse Georg and Ellen Christiansen

Lecturers: Koen Steemers, Cambridge University, Sarah Darby, Oxford University, Kajsa Ellegaard, Linköping University and Henk Visscher, Delft University of Technology


Time: 29 September-1 October 2015

Place: Aalborg University, A.C. Meyers Vænge 15, 2450 Copenhagen, room Foxcom ACM15 3.084.

Number of seats: 20

Deadline: 10 September, 2015