Saving Energy in Offices (03-06-20)

Xu, Chen, Li and Menassa investigated environmentally responsible behavior in offices.  They determined that “while injunctive norms are an important predictor of behavioral intention for single-person offices, descriptive norms are an important one for shared offices. . . . perceived control over energy-saving and perceived ease of access to building control features have no direct impacts on energy-saving behaviors in single-person offices, while they have impacts on energy-saving behaviors in shared offices. . . . developing smaller areas in a shared office and enabling sub-space control can also increase the level of control and empower energy-saving behaviors for occupants. For example, an occupant leaving their space can turn off their own lights without affecting others.” Descriptive norms are described as “how co-workers are actually doing in saving energy” while injunctive norms are “what they believe their co-workers approve of.”  

Xiaojing Xu, Chien-Fei Chen, Da Li and Carol Menassa.  2020. “Energy Saving at Work:  Exploring the Role of Social Norms, and Perceived Control and Ascribed Responsibility in Different Office Layouts.”  Frontiers in Built Environment,