07 July 2017
Today we heat and cool buildings to a single target temperature. Some problems with this conventional regime can be readily observed: first, people have differing opinions of the appropriate target temperature; and second, conditioning a whole building requires much more energy than conditioning the air immediately surrounding the occupants. In contrast to most conventional approaches to decreasing energy consumption, personal cooling offers a plug and play solution by providing localized space conditioning directly to individuals. This shift in perspective, from the room air temperature to the individual, opens new possibilities to enable more sustainable cooling architectures for energy efficient space and building design at lower cost.