As part of InteG-F this research area adressed important aspects for well-being and acceptance of intelligent building technologies for selected types of occupancy and building types. Possible barriers for the different phases of a building life cycle should be identified. Furthermore, strategies for positively influencing the occupants in terms of well-being and acceptance should be developed, e.g. by means of microcurricula and their presentation with the aid of augmented reality.


Initially, this project started with user studies in 2014. First, the future users of the new building on the Minden campus of Bielefeld University of Applied Sciences were asked about their expectations and fears regarding building automation. In addition, two bachelor theses have been published at Professor Reichart’s chair. As it turned out in the context of a user study that the majority of test persons without technical background had big problems with the installed room control units, a smartphone-application was to be developed to support the users. The employees of IntegF therefore implemented this application in 2015 in order to provide support to the users of the new building on the Minden campus in operating the room control unit. The results were then presented and published at the annual conference of the Gesellschaft für Informatik in Cottbus at the beginning of October.

Together with bachelor students in the field of psychology, the experiments were then carried out in the laboratory of the faculty for psychology. All participants in the study preferred the app to conventional operating instructions. The students were supervised by Prof. Reichart and presented their findings: The main focus was on questions of acceptance and well-being in the intelligent building. A comparison between the old and the new building in Minden was also presented. The results show that context-based and short information can be positively received by users and increase the acceptance of new technologies. Furthermore the presentation of information through augmented reality is advantageous, as it creates a direct reference to the object to be explained.

Publications from this project

  • U. Schramm, S. Reichart, D. Becking: „From Pre- to Post-occupancy Evaluations: Acceptance of Intelligent Building Technologies“, In: W. Preiser, A. Hardy, & U. Schramm (Eds.), Building Performance Evaluation: From Delivery Process to Life Cycle Phases (pp. 73-86). Cham: Springer International (2018)
  • K. Ziemer: „Studieren, Lehren und Forschen in einem intelligenten Gebäude: Nutzerorientierte Gebäudebewertung am Beispiel des Neubaus der FH Bielefeld, Campus Minden“, Master Thesis (2018)
  • S. Plattenberg: „Nutzerhandbuch als Voraussetzung für eine nachhaltige Nutzungsphase von Gebäuden am Beispiel des intelligenten Neubaus am Campus Minden“, Master Thesis (2016)
  • D. Becking, J. Budke, S. Reichart: „Microcurricula in augmentierter Realität – Ein Prototyp zur Hilfe bei der Interaktion mit intelligenten Gebäuden“, In: D. Cunningham, P. Hofstedt, K. Meer, & I. Schmitt (Eds.), INFORMATIK 2015—Lecture Notes in Informatics (LNI) (pp. 171–180). Bonn: Gesellschaft für Informatik (2015)
  • M. Maahs: „Akzeptanz von moderner Gebäudetechnik: Eine empirische Untersuchung der Bedienbarkeit des Raumbediengerätes UP227 von Siemens“, Bachelor Thesis (2015)
  • S. Maldener: „Usability Testing – Augmented Reality Smartphone Applikation zur Erklärung der Gerätebedienung intelligenter Gebäudetechnik“, Bachelor Thesis (2015)
  • P. Köhn: „Zur Akzeptanz intelligenter Campusbauten am Beispiel des Forschungsgebäudes CITEC in Bielefeld“, Master Thesis (2014)
  • C. M. Schimweg: „Vermeidung von Technostress: Eine empirische Untersuchung des Einflusses von Vorwissen und Technikaffinität auf Erwartungen und Befürchtungen im Kontext intelligenter Gebäude“, Bachelor Thesis (2014)