Narrator: This is Science Today. A blue eyed mannequin named Monika may alter the way office buildings are designed. Edward
Arens:, the director of the University of California at Berkeley’s new Center for the Built Environment says Monika’s no dummy ... inside, she’s wired head to toe with heat sensors to simulate humans.
Arens:: So she’s able to detect temperature differences on different parts of your body which may be related to your comfort. The reason we have the mannequin to study buildings is we’re actually hoping to have buildings be more like cars, where people have their own little dashboard vents and controllers and can basically create a little microclimate that suits them.
Arens: admits this individualized system is costly, he says it may be worth the expense.
Arens:: If people really like them and are less bothered by the environment in their office, then perhaps it’s worth the extra expense because if they produce a little more work, for any reason, it’ll pay for the additional expense.
Narrator: For Science Today, I’m Larissa Branin.