Comfort Monitoring: A Prototype and Its Impact

Bivin Pradeep, Parag Kulkarni, Manzoor Khan

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2 Citations (Scopus)


Ensuring occupant comfort levels and improving energy efficiency are a priority item on any building manager's agenda. This is particularly important in a University wide context as comfort levels may have implications on student attainment, employee productivity and occupational health in general. University campuses have a large energy footprint with the HVAC systems being a dominant contributor to this footprint. Facilities managers typically set temperatures of indoor environments at a predefined threshold. In this work, we examine the optimality of such a predefined threshold through a measurement driven pilot study in a building on a University campus. To accomplish this objective, we leverage technology driven interventions by deploying a hardware prototype for thermal comfort monitoring augmented with a bespoke Android application called 'Cozy' for user engagement to understand occupant comfort levels. Findings from this study highlight the need for regular reassessments and adaptation of the target operating point. This also has the potential to reduce energy consumption, the associated carbon footprint and a reduction in the energy bill.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - 2020 IEEE International Conference on Semiconductor Electronics, ICSE 2020
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9781728159676
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2020
Event14th IEEE International Conference on Semiconductor Electronics, ICSE 2020 - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Duration: Jul 28 2020Jul 29 2020

Publication series

NameIEEE International Conference on Semiconductor Electronics, Proceedings, ICSE


Conference14th IEEE International Conference on Semiconductor Electronics, ICSE 2020
CityKuala Lumpur

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials


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