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Thermal Sensing?

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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Ready to Create Your Own Comfort Program?

We've compiled all the information you'll need to get your own program off the ground. 

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Learn how to design your interface and create promotional strategies to engage your campus.

Methods and tools for triaging incoming thermal comfort feedback to find comfort and HVAC issues.

Example Programs

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Information About TherMOOstat


Transforming Occupants into a Low-Cost & High-Accuracy Sensor System, CHESC 2016

Occupant Feedback to Improve Comfort & Efficiency on a University Campus, ACEEE 2016

Crowdsourcing Energy Efficiency Through Thermal Feedback, Green California Summit 2017


Honorable Mention in Sustainability Innovations at CHESC, 2017

Carbon Neutrality Initiative Grant from UC Office of the President, 2018

Effective Innovation & Practices Award from APPA, 2019


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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Created by Facilities Energy & Engineering at UC Davis

Get in touch with the team by contacting Kiernan Salmon at

See our guides to Campus Comfort, as well as TherMOOstat Success Stories on Campus Comfort 101 site. 

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