Global demand for air-conditioning is climbing, rapidly. We are going to see another 4 billion systems installed by 2030. As global energy demand for air-conditioning increases how can we keep comfort equitable?
The Swiss Cheese Theory is a risk management approach for complex systems prone to human error. It’s often used for accident prevention, such as work safety. Layers need to line up to prevent failure. If something falls through one hole, it’s OK. Another layer will catch it and prevent issues. But if it falls through multiple holes, it can be catastrophic.
When we think of health and wellbeing it is often exercise and diet that comes to mind, but the spaces you live and work in everyday also impact your health. We spend most of our days inside relatively unnatural spaces, and like the processed food we eat, they can be filled with unhealthy toxins.
We have an explosion of big data in our cities and buildings. More than ever before we are going to be able to see all facets of how buildings and cities operate. Technology is emerging in an industry ripe for not just disruption, but massive improvements.