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October 8, 2018, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
HEATWAVE: Empathy for the HVAC ….a gamified virtual reality experiment

This event features an opportunity to play HEATWAVE, enjoy refreshments, and engage in lively discussion about the future of VR in design as we move beyond basic visualization.

HEATWAVE: Empathy for the HVAC ….a gamified virtual reality experiment

Join us for HEATWAVE, an innovative research project conducted by Portland State University’s Research-based Design Initiative, Bynum Laboratories and Opsis Architecture.


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The relationship between people and the control systems in a building is a critical factor in overall building energy performance. Thoughtfully designed passive systems are ineffective unless operated as intended, resulting in a performance gap between predicted energy consumption and actual energy use. Inspired by the need to have better “behaved” occupants, the team embarked on a research project to study how gamified virtual reality could build upon the user’s emotional relationship with a space, improving their ability and desire to effectively utilize passive and advanced systems such as shades, ceiling fans, lighting controls, and operable windows.


About Opsis Architecture
We aspire to discover the inherent possibilities within each project to create innovative, enduring and sustainable architecture.

The Opsis studio practice is rooted in the guiding principle of collaborative “vision-making.” We thrive on open discourse and critique that shapes an idea based architecture. Our designs evolve through a variety of exploratory tools from articulating guiding principles and study sketches, to physical models and virtual visualization. The resulting work embodies the particular qualities of culture and place, function and beauty and environmental stewardship.


This event is part of Sustainable Building Week.


Cover image courtesy Opsis Architecture.


Opsis Architecture
920 NW 17th Ave
Portland, OR 97209 United States
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