Participatory Thermal Sensing, or PTS, is a strategy to improve energy efficiency and comfort by crowdsourcing feedback from occupants and incorporating it into HVAC management. The general strategy is to solicit thermal comfort “votes” (e.g., hot, cold) from building occupants and integrate that data into the HVAC management system.
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Honorable Mention in Sustainability Innovations at CHESC, 2017
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Pritoni, M., Salmon, K., Sanguinetti, A., Morejohn, J., & Modera, M. (2017). Occupant thermal feedback for improved efficiency in university buildings. Energy and Buildings, 144, 241-250.
Sanguinetti, A., Pritoni, M., Salmon, K., Meier, A., & Morejohn, J. (2017). Upscaling participatory thermal sensing: Lessons from an interdisciplinary case study at University of California for improving campus efficiency and comfort. Energy Research & Social Science.
Sanguinetti, A., Pritoni, M., Salmon, K., Morejohn, J., & Modera, M. Using occupant feedback to drive energy efficiency across an entire university campus. In Proceedings of American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy 2016 Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings.
In November 2013, President Janet Napolitano announced the Carbon Neutrality Initiative, which commits UC to emitting net zero greenhouse gases from its buildings and vehicle fleet by 2025, something no other major university system has done.
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