Archinect - News 2017-08-19T14:58:46-04:00 Kate Murphy examines why America is so over air-conditioned Nam Henderson 2015-07-21T00:09:00-04:00 >2015-07-21T12:00:11-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="481" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Commercial real estate brokers and building managers say sophisticated tenants specify so-called chilling capacity in their lease agreements so they are guaranteed cold cachet...There&rsquo;s also the widely held misconception that colder temperatures make workers more alert and productive</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Is "Wristify" the solution for personalized heating/cooling? Archinect 2013-10-18T18:10:00-04:00 >2013-10-22T20:38:02-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The intent is to save energy by controlling the temperature of an individual person, rather than an entire building, a goal that anyone who's ever turned on a personal space heater in a frigid office building in July can get behind. The team just won $10,000 from MIT's Making And Designing Materials Engineering Competition, which the inventors will use to improve the prototype and the algorithms that automate the pulses.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> A Field Guide to AC Units Archinect 2012-05-04T19:31:00-04:00 >2012-05-07T11:05:03-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="151" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Though it pervades the landscape of many of our cities, we rarely appreciate how window units continue to shape our homes and street walls. The basic design of a window unit has remained mostly the same since it appeared on the market in 1935 &ndash; that is to say, functional and bland. But instead of designing a more elegant object, we have allowed AC units to become visual background noise.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html>