In warm cities, especially Singapore, offices often overcompensate hugely with the Aircon, resulting a freezing workpalce that is both unpleasant to work in and costly to the enviroment and the tennant paying for the AC!
What if all the employees on the floor were linked into a live 'comfort-map', which asks for their feedback throughout the day and is able to adapt the AC to reach a comfortable level.
The moving average would gradually settle at the point which provides a comfotable working environment to the most people. Even better - in a hotdesk environment, people who find the same temperature either too hot or too cold could be alerted to each others' preferences, and swap desks, making everyone happy!
Thanks to Johan for the inspiration on this one.
It was a pleasure to meet Desmond Hinkson at the Open IDEO x Syinc Brainstorm Jamming evening in Singapore in November. I learned that he is already in the process of creating the App 'Climate Right' that will provide the initial user feedback on office temperature (people stating their comfort levels and GPS providing their locations) to building managers.
DC/AC would propose to expand on this technology, and employ the app as part of a wider ecology that empowers office workers (or residents of any building) to take more ownership and control of their comfort levels, and become more aware of their ability to impact (positively or negatively) the energy consumption of the buildings they work in.