ThermoKiosk: Investigating Roles for Digital Surveys of Thermal Experience in Workplace Comfort Management

Clear, Adrian, Mitchell Finnigan, Samantha, Olivier, Patrick and Comber, Rob (2018) ThermoKiosk: Investigating Roles for Digital Surveys of Thermal Experience in Workplace Comfort Management. In: Proceedings of the 2018 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - CHI '18: April 21–26, 2018, Montreal, QC, Canada. Association for Computing Machinery, New York, NY, p. 382.

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Thermal comfort in shared workplaces is often contested and impacts productivity, wellbeing, and energy use. Yet, subjective and situated comfort experiences are rarely captured and engaged with. In this paper, we explore roles for digital surveys in capturing and visualising subjective experiences of comfort in situ for comfort management. We present findings from a 3-week field trial of our prototype system called ThermoKiosk, which we deployed in an open plan, shared office with a history of thermal comfort complaints. In interviews with occupants and members of facilities management, we find that the data and interactions can play an important role in initiating dialogue to understand and handle tensions, and point to design considerations for more systematically integrating them into workplace comfort practices.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Thermal comfort; workplace; survey; subjective experience; energy; office; qualitative methods
Subjects: G400 Computer Science
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Computer and Information Sciences
Depositing User: Dr Adrian Clear
Date Deposited: 06 Mar 2018 15:59
Last Modified: 01 Aug 2021 00:02

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