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ECOS on the cube screens

ECOS

ECOS uses interactive data and illustrations to help people understand how everyday energy use impacts people in a "green" building.

Inviting play and reflection on the role of green buildings, ECOS presents data on The Cube using a simple and interactive game-like application. The data shows how energy consumption and generation impacts people in a variety of climates within a five-star rated green building like the Science and Engineering Centre (SEC), where The Cube is located.

ECOS incorporates live weather data into an interactive illustration and places a fictional green building into different climates, allowing users to play with the parameters of the buildings and observe the results and the possible impacts on people.

ECOS promotes behavioural change by demonstrating the factors that influence sustainable energy consumption and generation.

The SEC contains its own sources of green energy and has a complex sensor network that can offer detailed information on energy consumption and generation. Future versions of ECOS may tap into the sensor network to further illustrate green principles based on live data in the SEC.