"I'd want to burn the data or at least nobble the numbers": Towards data-mediated building management for comfort and energy use

Clear, Adrian, Mitchell Finnigan, Sam, Olivier, Patrick and Comber, Rob (2017) "I'd want to burn the data or at least nobble the numbers": Towards data-mediated building management for comfort and energy use. In: 2017 ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing, February 25 - March 01, 2017, Portland, Oregon.

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Abstract

In this paper, we explore the role of pervasive environmental sensor data in workplace building management. Current interactions between management and workplace occupants are limited by the gap between experiences of (dis)comfort (i.e. individual preferences and perceptions) and the rigid objectivity of organisational policies and procedures such as static setpoint temperatures for indoor spaces. Our hypothesis is that pervasive sensor data that captures the indoor climate can provide an effective platform from which to more successfully communicate about comfort and energy use. Through a qualitative study with building managers and occupants, we show that while data does not necessarily resolve these tensions, it provides an engaging forum for a more inclusive building management process, and we outline directions for taking a more conversational approach in the design of comfort and energy-use interventions for the workplace.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Comfort; Energy; Building management; Data; Intervention
Subjects: G400 Computer Science
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Computer Science and Digital Technologies
Depositing User: Adrian Clear
Date Deposited: 05 Apr 2017 14:41
Last Modified: 08 May 2017 22:54
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/30344

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