Intuitive Thermal Comfort Controller

Guaranteeing an optimal level of thermal comfort can increase productivity and quality of life. ‘THERCOM’ project will facilitate the development of a new paradigm in indoor climate control to ensure optimal thermal comfort. The control development will focus on three characteristics: improving user experience, increasing energy efficiency and consistency with the technological revolution.

‘THERCOM’ will offer an innovative user experience by implementing intuitive interaction between the occupant and the controller. The controller will apply thermal comfort theory and, based on the European and UK standards, bring an improvement to the user experience. ‘THERCOM’ will be the first controller to directly relate to the user experience and the environment, providing consumers with a unique control. The controller will optimize the expediency of most of the room users: no other controller in the marker is able to adjust the setpoints to optimize the general thermal comfort level of the room.

Increasing energy efficiency is one of the principal objectives of our society to decrease the negative impacts on the environment. ‘THERCOM’ will generate the opportunity to increase thermal comfort and optimise energy consumption. Internet of Things offers for the first time in human history the opportunity to provide ‘intelligence’ to objects. The new technologies try to improve the human quality of life, and thermal comfort is one area with immense potential to apply ‘smart’ controllers. Using the theoretical knowledge of thermal comfort, empirical data, international standards, and innovative hardware, ‘THERCOM’ project seeks to create a new paradigm in the indoor climate controller world, based on people, and adapting to personal prophecies, the human being has to be the focus of the advances that seek to reach net zero because it is the humans who consume the energy.

Motivated people are the most powerful force in the world. ‘THERCOM’ is able to motivate people to reduce their energy consumption through competition, rewards, feedback, and other gamification concepts, utilising all the power of motivated people. With this in mind, the possible positive impacts of this project are immense.

Sustainable Urban Spaces with Smart Engineering Solutions

In an era defined by environmental challenges, urban spaces stand as both the problem and the solution. As populations continue to concentrate in cities, the strain on resources and infrastructure grows exponentially. However, within these very urban landscapes lies the potential for innovative solutions to mitigate environmental impact and foster sustainability. At V-LAB, we focus on smart engineering solutions to create sustainable urban environments.

Drawing inspiration from the ethos of leading institutions, we recognise the imperative of integrating sustainability into the fabric of engineering and architecture. The commitment to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) serves as a roadmap, illuminating the path towards a more equitable and environmentally conscious future.

One key aspect driving this transformation is research. Led by experts in the field, academic institutions spearhead groundbreaking projects aimed at understanding and addressing pressing environmental issues. From estimating the impact of climate change on water resources to exploring innovative solutions for managing droughts and floods in urban areas, the research conducted transcends academic boundaries, directly impacting communities worldwide.

But research alone is not enough. Equally important is the cultivation of future-ready professionals armed with the knowledge and skills to tackle sustainability challenges head-on. Civil engineering is not limited to construction sites; rather, it encompasses a spectrum of disciplines poised to pioneer sustainable solutions. Interdisciplinary programmes empower students to become catalysts for change, shaping policies and technologies that drive sustainability forward.

Central to this educational paradigm is hands-on learning, epitomised by initiatives led by faculty members. By immersing students in real-world challenges, such initiatives bridge the gap between theory and practice, nurturing a new generation of innovators poised to revolutionise urban sustainability. In this endeavour, V-LAB plays a significant role by providing advanced technologies such as Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) to enhance experiential learning. Moreover, V-LAB offers innovative safety solutions like SafeSite and SafeXtend, integrating AI-driven health and safety protocols into the construction process. These tools not only ensure the safety of workers but also contribute to the creation of sustainable urban spaces by promoting efficient and secure construction practices.

Moreover, emphasis on collaboration—both within academia and with industry and government partners—fosters a holistic approach to sustainability. Through partnerships with local and international stakeholders, students gain invaluable insights into the complexities of sustainable urban development, preparing them to navigate the multifaceted challenges of the future.

Driving Sustainable Urban Innovation at V-LAB

V-LAB actively collaborates with several prestigious educational universities and government bodies, forging strong alliances to drive sustainable initiatives forward. These collaborations extend to energy-related companies, facilitating comprehensive research and development endeavours aimed at addressing pressing environmental concerns and advancing innovative solutions for urban sustainability.

As we navigate the complexities of the 21st century, the imperative to create sustainable urban spaces has never been more urgent. Through the fusion of research, education, and collaboration, institutions worldwide are paving the way for a more resilient and equitable future. At V-LAB, we stand committed to amplifying these efforts, harnessing the power of smart engineering solutions to build sustainable cities that thrive in harmony with nature.

V-LAB focuses on cutting-edge technologies such as Smart homes and projects like ‘THERCOM’ aimed at ensuring optimal thermal comfort and energy saving. ‘THERCOM’ represents a paradigm shift in indoor climate control, offering an innovative user experience while enhancing energy efficiency, aligning with the technological revolution.

Moreover, V-LAB is a proud signatory to the United Nations-recognised “SME Climate Commitment,” under the SME Climate Hub. By pledging to halve carbon emissions by 2030 and achieve net-zero emissions by 2050, we actively contribute to global efforts in climate action. This commitment reflects our dedication to building business resilience and reducing environmental impact.

How can V-LAB help achieve these goals? We offer consultancy services and develop advanced technologies tailored to address the challenges of sustainable urban development. By collaborating with us, stakeholders can leverage our expertise to implement innovative solutions and pave the way towards a greener, more sustainable future.


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