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Motivating end-users behavioral change by combined ICT based tools and modular information services on energy use, indoor environment, health and lifestyle.

3rd edition of the MOBISTYLE Newsletter is out!

04/04/2018

​We invite you to read our 3rd Newsletter! In this edition, we present the recently developed MOBISTYLE behavioural intervention action plan that will be implemented for the five demonstration sites. We hope you will enjoy reading this issue!

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MOBISTYLE takes part at the H2020 SHAPE ENERGY sandpits

15/02/2018

​At the H2020 SHAPE ENERGY sandpit event ''Energy efficiency and using less'' during 8 and 9 February 2018 in Torino, Italy, the MOBISTYLE project and its approach was presented by Ana Tisov and Simona D'Oca (HIA). The MOBISTYLE multidisciplinary approach was discussed together with other H2020 projects tackling energy efficiency issues. As recognized, people's everyday behavior in buildings most often cannot be seen as energy efficient as the term 'energy efficiency' is not understood by the building occupants. The discussion during these two days was therefore focusing on: ''How to achieve a behavior change that leads toward a more sustainable and energy conscious building usage?'''

The event tackled energy efficiency issues and encouraged generation of new project ideas that would nudge people towards changing behavior. The different interdisciplinary approaches were reflected by people having different backgrounds: engineering, ICT, social sciences and humanities. Based on experiences from different H2020 projects, the attendees could reflect what works and what not. Furthermore, new ideas were generated that can help overcoming the current identified pitfalls. For the MOBISTYLE project, some new perspectives were stimulated on what works best among building occupants and how to make them aware of what means being energy efficient.
You can find the MOBISTYLE poster presentation below:

MOBISTYLE_Poster_Sandpits_Feb 2018.pdf

More about the H2020 SHAPE ENERGY Sandpits event can be found at: https://shapeenergy.eu/index.php/activities/h2020-sandpits/

Published MOBISTYLE paper in Proceedings Journal

23/01/2018

The MOBISTYLE paper "People-Centred Approach for ICT Tools Supporting Energy Efficient and Healthy Behaviour in Buildings" has been published in the Proceedings journal. You can download the full paper here: http://www.mdpi.com/2504-3900/1/7/675.

3rd MOBISTYLE meeting

17/11/2017

The 3rd MOBISTYLE meeting was hosted by the partner Tauron Dystribucia and took place in Wroclaw, Poland during 6-7 November 2017. The main goal of the meeting was to come to a step by step plan on how to develop MOBISTYLE tailor made modular flexible information services. The consortium partners agreed on final steps to be done in the three MOBISTYLE areas:

  1. MOBISTYLE Behavioural change methodology;

  2. ICT based tools requirements (development of the MOBISTYLE dashboard and game);

  3. Demo case assessment and preparation for demonstration (data acquisition, storage etc.).

In the coming months, it will be important to implement the developed methodology and configure tools according to the needs and characteristics of each demonstration site (tie the three areas together). It was agreed by the partners that during solutions development and configuration phase, the building occupants will be included in the usability testing to see whether they find the solutions attractive and information easy comprehensible. Their feedback will be used to improve the solutions as this is one of the aspects of the people-centred approach: create with and for people.

Read more about the developed MOBISTYLE anthropological methodology and first project's results: 10 people-centred recommendations for the development of ICT solutions in 2nd MOBISTYLE Newsletter.

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MOBISTYLE takes part at the conference Rethinking EE in buildings

03/11/2017

Jure Vetršek (IRI-UL) presented the MOBISTYLE project as part of the workshop having a title: Minimizing environmental impact while ensuring healthy indoor environment by modifying users behavior. You can read more about the international conference programme: See the link

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2nd MOBISTYLE Newsletter

25/09/2017

Please find the latest MOBISTYLE newsletter, September 2017.

MOBISTYLE_2 Newsletter.pdf

In this newsletter, we present you the developed MOBISTYLE anthropological methodology and first project’s results: 10 people-centred recommendations for the development of ICT solutions. Also, you can find out what happened since the last newsletter and which are the upcoming MOBISTYLE events.


MOBISTYLE at Sustainable Places Conference

04/07/2017

The MOBISTYLE project and its approach was presented by Ana Tisov (HIA) at the Sustainable Places 2017 conference which took place in Middlesbrough, UK 28 - 30 June 2017. http://www.sustainableplaces.eu/

The MOBISTYLE project received special attention as it recognizes that without a user's acceptance and understanding of the importance of energy efficiency targets it is difficult to achieve these targets anticipated by the European Union. Within the MOBISTYLE project, an approach was developed that brings in social science aspects in order to understand user needs and their current behavior. By understanding users and their needs, partners in the MOBISTYLE project can stimulate users current behavior towards a more sustainable and energy conscious building usage.

Through anthropological inquiries (focus groups) it was identified that health and well-being are more important motivating factors than energy savings and CO2 emissions. Therefore, instead of being tacked at the end, health should be incorporated intentionally in a decision-making process. Partners in the MOBISTYLE project strongly believe that when implementing energy saving measures in the building, users should be educated about the actual purpose of certain technology solutions that have multiple benefits: improve occupants health, their surrounding's IEQ and contribute to overall energy savings.  

You can find a pdf presentation below:

MOBISTYLE_SP_28 June.pdf


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MOBISTYLE as part of the Advancing Energy Policy Summer School Advancing Energy Policy Summer School

23/06/2017

The European project “Social Sciences and Humanities for Advancing Policy in European Energy” (SHAPE ENERGY) hosted an international summer school on energy and social sciences and humanities between 19 - 23 June in Lyon, France. This pluridisciplinary summer school for PhD students working within Social Science and Humanities (SSH) energy research focused on how SSH research can contribute to tackle the many energy-related challenges in Europe.

MOBISTYLE project was presented by Verena M. Barthelmes from Politecnico di Torino (MOBISTYLE partner: POLITO). She presented the developed MOBISTYLE approach and with other advanced researchers discussed the role of SSH energy research for policy and practice.

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First Energy Workshop at the Slovenian demonstration case

22/06/2017

On 13 and 14 June 2017 the Whirlpool Energy Workshop was organized at the Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Technology, University of Ljubljana (Slovenian demonstration case). The Energy Workshop process has been developed by Whirlpool and tailored according to the needs of the MOBISTYLE project and characteristics of the Slovenian demonstration site. During the first day, a visit to the buildings and audit of the main energy transformation units (chillers, boilers, trafo, etc.....) were done. Afterward, first preliminary data analyses were performed. Ideas for the reduction of energy consumption were developed during the second day. The list of behavioural ideas (for all users of the faculty buildings – mainly students and managers) leading to energy savings was generated and  will be communicated to the targeted building user groups.

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Study showing that fluctuating temperature may be better for our health

06/06/2017

​MOBISTYLE consortium partners from Maastricht University (MU, Department of Human Biology) conducted several studies where they show that fluctuating temperatures may actually be better for our health than the uniform temperatures.

A new paper has recently been published in the journal Building Research & Information in which the MU reseachers with  the lead author of the study, Professor Wouter van Marken Lichtenbelt, also suggest the necessity to test the effects of fluctuating temperatures on our health during long-term exposure in real life environment situations. This will be elaborated as part of the MOBISTYLE project during demonstration stage.

Furthermore, the findings from MU were also recognized and published in the British online newspaper: The Independent.

2nd consortium meeting

03/05/2017

The 2nd consortium meeting of the MOBISTYLE project took place in Ljubljana, Slovenia on the 19 - 20 April 2017. Successful and productive sessions led to reaching several important agreements that will determine the work in the different work packages in the next few months. Furthermore, all partners got a common view and understanding on how to translate the first identified user needs into requirements that will determine future development of the MOBISTYLE ICT solutions and in this way provide the users attractive presonalized services. 

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During the meeting, also a joint workshop of the two H2020 projects ENERGISE (http://energise-project.eu/) and MOBISTYLE was organized where it was discussed on how to change people's behavior by educating end users on their energy usage. Also a site visit to the Slovenian demonstration site was organized by the Institute for Innovation and Development of the University of Ljubljana.

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MOBISTYLE presented at the Days of Energy Experts, Slovenia

02/05/2017

MOBISTYLE project was presented in the frame of IRI-UL's presentation done by Jure Vetršek on main energy related event: Days of energy experts on 11 April 2017 in Portorož, Slovenia. The talk was about successful energy management, where we decreased electricity use on Faculty of economics, University of Ljubljana, for ~30% without investments, solely by active energy management and influencing user behaviour. The last is also the point of MOBISTYLE project. The methodology and approach we will use was presented and communicated to the expert audience.

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MOBISTYLE project at the Energy Impact Conference

03/03/2017

From 28 February to 2 March 2017 the University of Bergen in Norway has organized a world-wide conference titled “Energy impacts: People, Responsibilities and the Contested Futures of Energy Developments”. (link: http://energyimpacts.b.uib.no/files/2016/09/Energy-Impacts-conference-programme.pdf). Social scientists worldwide are engaged in research, policy-making and grassroots action that aims to highlight the social, health, environmental and political impacts related to energy developments. The aim of the conference was to discuss issues pertaining to the social impacts of an accelerated pace and intensity of resource extraction and energy developments on an expanding scale.

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MOBISTYLE project had the opportunity to present its concept, case studies and some preliminary results to the community of different scientist (e.g. anthropologists, geographers, geologists, sociologists), all involved in energy related research. In addition, MOBISTYLE project has joined the Energy Anthropology Network (link: http://easaonline.org/networks/ean/index.shtml) that brings together anthropologists concerned with energy research, to coordinate and consolidate debates about energies, and to support new anthropological approaches to energy questions.

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1st MOBISTYLE Workshop was a success!

22/02/2017

The 1st MOBISTYLE Workshop took place in Amsterdam, the Netherlands between 14 - 15 February 2017. The representatives of the demonstration cases and all the consortium members attended the workshop.

The goal of the workshop was to discuss and harmonize the ideas and vision of the representatives of the demonstration cases with the ideas of the MOBISTYLE partners developing solutions. In this way, we will be able to develop and offer services that will motivate building users to behave in a more energy efficient way and lead to actual long lasting energy savings.

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