Engineering Innovation Podcast and Radio Series

Building Communication

PostedJune 14, 2013

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Anchor Lede: Since we don’t directly pay the bills, most of us don’t give much thought to energy consumption in our offices. But soon you might have a daily conversation about it…with the building itself.

Randy Atkins: Too cold in your shared office space? Bercin Becerik-Gerber, a University of Southern California engineering professor, is testing a system that allows you to suggest adjustments through your smart phone and combines it with other people’s preferences to…

Bercin Becerik-Gerber: …try to optimize the set points or communicate with the users where a change could save energy.

Randy Atkins: And that’s key. It’s not all about comfort, but also…

Bercin Becerik-Gerber: …creating this bi-directional communication so energy awareness could be created within the population of a building.

Randy Atkins: In addition to temperature, the app also monitors lighting and air quality. With the National Academy of Engineering, Randy Atkins, WTOP News.