Strategy-proof thermal comfort voting in buildings

Liang Zhang, Abraham Hang Yat Lam, Dan Wang

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Commercial building is a major energy consumer worldwide; and the heating, ventilating and air-conditioning (HVAC) system dominates the total energy consumption. The current practice of the HVAC systems in most commercial buildings is to adopt a fixed temperature setting; and to avoid occupant complaints, building operators usually choose conservative temperatures settings. This leads to massive energy waste; and many times not good in thermal comfort either. Recently, many works studied the occupant-participatory approach, i.e., occupants can provide their feedback of thermal comforts and a more dynamic temperature adjustment is applied. Though these studies have various optimization objectives, e.g., energy conservation, thermal comfort, or non-intrusiveness, one hidden assumption for all these occupant-participatory approaches is that the occupants are trustworthy, i.e., they do not game the system with false feedback/votes. In this paper, we demonstrate that each occupant can easily have incentives to submit untruthful thermal comfort. We thus propose a strategy-proof framework for thermal comfort voting schemes. We show the conditions for the existence of the strategy-proof voting schemes. In this framework, we classify two types of voting schemes, i.e., individual-based and group-based voting schemes. We propose the strategy-proof voting mechanism for both voting schemes and evaluate their performance via simulation.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBuildSys 2014 - Proceedings of the 1st ACM Conference on Embedded Systems for Energy-Efficient Buildings
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9781450331449
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014
Event1st ACM International Conference on Embedded Systems for Energy-Effcient Buildings, BuildSys 2014 - Memphis, United States
Duration: 3 Nov 20146 Nov 2014


Conference1st ACM International Conference on Embedded Systems for Energy-Effcient Buildings, BuildSys 2014
Country/TerritoryUnited States


  • Strategy-proof
  • Thermal comfort
  • Voting

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Architecture
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Building and Construction


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