Good to see other researchers responding to issues flagged in an earlier post here in recent journal paper: Stevenson F, Carmona-Andreu I, Hancock M. The usability of control interfaces in low-carbon housing. Architectural Science Review. 2013 Jan 8;:1–13.
This overlooked area of study is ripe for some detailed research. Our own research at SuDoBE suggests this should go beyond the obvious targeting of heating controls and include the general operation of low energy buildings. What are the best ways to operate these buildings?