Is Energy Use Reduction Through Informed Room Selection Possible?
To search this forum for keywords, type your keywords in the "Forums Search" box on the right. To search specific forum topics, click the "Advanced Search" link on the right.
I am a graduate student at the University of Pennsylvania, studying environmental sustainability, and I'm working on a project that focuses on the student room selection process for school housing. I'm specifically interested in the sort of information that is made available to potential residents when they're choosing a room.
Obviously the rooms are not all the same, but neither are the residents. So, some individuals might be drawn to certain predilections of a given space, while others might have aversions to those same features. Some people are night owls who like their living spaces to be darker, others want to wake up with the sun. Some people find that they're always cold, others are too warm even in the winter. Similarly, some rooms are bright at dawn, some never get direct sunlight, some are above server rooms and tend to be hot, and some are hard to heat because they're north-facing rooms above archways.
My point is that greater student satisfaction with room assignments could potentially be accompanied by energy savings through making certain details of rooms available to residents when they are selecting their future living spaces.
I certainly don't want to take up too much of your time, but I would greatly appreciate any insight you could give me into the details your school provides about the differences between rooms and the particular characteristics of individual spaces. If you provide any information of the sort I mentioned above, I'd be very interested to know about what data you share and how you do it.
Thank you for your time,
AASHE would like to thank the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment for support in developing the Forums, and recognize and thank the organizations below as official Campus Sustainability Discussion Forums Supporters: