Nash Hurley and Taylor Keep of VITAL Environments in collaboration with Beau Trincia have created Comfort-on-Demand, a system that heats, cools, and lights individual work environments. Each person tunes her workspace by controlling table-integrated fans, touch-activated heating surfaces, and lighting level through a smartphone interface. The system directs energy to where it is needed and provides a personalized work experience. Comfort-on-Demand also addresses the growing tension between slow-to-adjust brick and mortar buildings and ever-increasing workforce mobility in the commercial real estate market. Each day, people are away from their desk 50-60% of the time. All this mobility points to a need for energy systems tied to the office worker, not tied to the building. The project was a runner-up in the 2011 Metropolis Magazine Next Generation Design Competition, “Get The Feds to Zero.”

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+ Beau Trincia