Researchers from Polytechnic University have implemented a smart AC unit into Hong Kong office buildings that adjusts the room's temperature based on information it gathers from employees.
In-office temperature disputes are a common point of frustration at most workplaces, prompting the design of this system, which creates a suitable environment for the majority of the office's occupants. Employees are asked to submit their height, weight and gender to an accompanying smartphone app, while a data collection platform called Personalised Thermal Comfort Platform uses an algorithm to calculate an ideal medium that best suits the majority of the employees. In addition to employee comfort, this smart cooling system is responsible for reducing electricity consumption in commercial buildings by 18 percent.
The system offers a unique solution to both energy conservation and employee comfort.