Yuka Yoneda

Comfort on Demand Saves Energy by Letting People Control Heat & Light in Office Areas

by , 05/24/11

comfort on demand, nash hurley, taylor keep, vital environments, beau trincia, energy saving, green energy, energy conservation, gsa, green design,  2011 Metropolis Magazine Next Generation Design Competition

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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  1. wvdesigndiva May 31, 2011 at 7:23 am

    Would love to see the image large enough to read the bubble text.

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