Imagine walking into your office and having the thermostat adjust to your body temperature.
Although they are at the beginning of their research, this is the kind of vision Thanos Tzempelikos and his graduate students have begun working on at Purdue University. The three-year project will address the concept of intuitive living and work spaces: ones that adjust to our preferences through pre-set, individual controls. By creating buildings that adapt to their occupants, they hope to create conditions optimal for thermal and visual comfort. Think: diffusers, chilled beams and options for regulating airflow.
To ensure user-compatibility, Tzempelikos and his students have conducted experiments with human subjects to develop an algorithm of set criteria for occupant preferences. From this data, they will be able to extract twenty-three categories of preference types, which range from visual conditions and temperature controls to maximizing light without causing glare. With the impact of more-efficient energy use and potential savings so promising, Tzempelikos and his team are hoping to complete this project of addressing human integration into indoor environments by January 2016.