ThermoKiosk: investigating roles for digital surveys of thermal experience in workplace comfort management

Adrian K. Clear, Samantha Mitchell Finnigan, Patrick Olivier, Rob Comber

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCHI 2018 - Engage with CHI
Subtitle of host publicationCHI 2018 - Proceedings of the 2018 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
EditorsAnna Cox, Mark Perry
Place of PublicationNew York NY USA
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9781450356206, 9781450356213
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Externally publishedYes
EventInternational Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems 2018 - Montreal, Canada
Duration: 21 Apr 201826 Apr 2018
Conference number: 36th
https://chi2018.acm.org/
https://dl.acm.org/doi/proceedings/10.1145/3173574 (Proceedings)

Conference

ConferenceInternational Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems 2018
Abbreviated titleCHI 2018
CountryCanada
CityMontreal
Period21/04/1826/04/18
Internet address

Keywords

  • Energy
  • Office
  • Qualitative methods
  • Subjective experience
  • Survey
  • Thermal comfort
  • Workplace

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