GreenSoul is a research project aimed at achieving higher energy efficiency in public buildings by altering the way people use resources, both shared and personal. It currently has pilots in four cities in Europe – Cambridge (UK), Weiz (Austria), Bilbao (Spain) and Thessaloniki (Greece). If you are an SME or corporate involved in building technology, you can learn more about the project here.
The main objective of this project is to achieve higher energy efficiency in public buildings by altering the way people use energy consuming shared devices (lights, printers) and personal devices (personal pluggable appliances). In order to achieve this goal, GreenSoul will apply a two-fold strategy:
- It will persuade users to increase their energy-awareness and change their e-consumption habits through a variety of techniques, from persuasive social applications to physical interaction mechanisms linked to the networked devices
It will embed intelligence into the networked devices to allow them autonomously decide about their operational mode for energy efficiency purposes. GreenSouled devices will learn from users habits, acting only when wastefull energy behaviour is detected or users do not heed device suggestions