The GreenSoul project main objective is to achieve higher energy efficiency in public buildings by altering the way people use energy consuming shared devices (lights, printers) and personal devices (personal pluggable appliances). In order to achieve this goal, GreenSoul will apply a two-fold strategy:

  • It will persuade users to increase their energy-awareness and change their e-consumption habits through a variety of techniques, from persuasive social applications to physical interaction mechanisms linked to the networked devices

  • It will embed intelligence into the networked devices to allow them autonomously decide about their operational mode for energy efficiency purposes.  GreenSouled devices will learn from users habits, acting only when wastefull energy behaviour is detected or users do not heed device suggestions

    Main results

    • Deployment of the GreenSoul solution in 7 heterogeneous buildings in 6 European cities, piloting during 11 months with more than 300 people involved. More information in D5.3 Pilot execution report.

      • GreenSoul achieved up to 23% energy savings. D6.3 Validation of the behavioural model and the persuasion and reaction mechanisms. 

        • GreenSoul end-users shifted to a more active green behaviour by 10.5%. D6.3 Validation of the behavioural model and the persuasion and reaction mechanisms

          • Socio-economic energy-related behaviour has been identified as a significant challenge for buildings, especially those of public use. Within GreenSoul various aspects have been identified as factors that may influence occupant performance, both energy-related and socioeconomic based. These findings, translated into Persuasion Principles and/or Persuasion Strategies have been shared initially with the end-users of the GreenSoul pilots towards evaluating their importance for influencing daily energy-related performance. More information in D6.3 Validation of the behavioural model and the persuasion and reaction mechanisms.

            • In order to decide the suitability of the actions carried out and produce design-insights and best practices, an assessment of the socio-economic impact of the results of the intervention was carried out. The assessment made is based on the Life Cycle thinking and comprises not only economic, but also environmental and social impacts. More information in D6.4 Evaluation Social and Economic Impact report.