DOE Tool Selection
This theme centers on human interaction with buildings, from both design and operation viewpoints, towards sustainability and acceptability. It requires quantifiable measures for human comfort and behavioral variables that are either reactive to the building conditions or decision-making, influential factors for changes in design/development processes.
The network activities focus on how to apply the theories from behavioral sciences, such as cognitive biases affecting various aspects of human behavior, which are divided into three categories: decision-making, belief, and behavioral biases; social biases; and memory errors and biases [4,5]. The following are a few illustrative examples:
Decision-making, Belief, and Behavioral biases:
Memory Errors and Biases [4,5]
The above examples provide the basis for developing models that can take advantage of human biases to influence behavior in a manner adapted to the SHBE they live or work in. This is a broader platform to investigating human behavior that is to develop further mathematical modeling and experimental studies in . Further, when providing information to occupants and other relevant stakeholders about changes to the built environment, we must consider that several psychosocial factors influence the extent to which individuals will support the changes and/or adopt more sustainable behaviors. Such factors include perceived risk, environmental values, social and moral norms, attitudes, and perceived ability to change behavior [7-9]. Additionally, culture-driven values and social connections influence individual perceptions of risk and acceptance of scientific facts . Merely providing facts about energy-related risks and/or innovations is unlikely to increase acceptance and behavioral change significantly. Therefore, information about built environment changes and new technologies must be communicated in a way that:
The new methods of quantification of human activities in a defined working space through computational analysis  will also be explored. This approach focuses on the phenomenological aspects that relate to actions rather than the motivation of the actions. The interface elements include correlations from human behavioral models as outputs to Themes I and III and V, and inputs from all the other themes.