The Neighbourhood Scoreboard project investigates the effect of public exposure of domestic energy usage on house facades.
The research project started in 2009 and was carried out at the Design Lab, University of Sydney.
From October to November 2010 five chalkboards as feedback displays were installed in a Sydney neighbourhood and manually updated each day. The visualisation included the change of electricity consumption compared to the previous day, a symbolic representation for each day of the current month, a graph representation for each week, and a daily neighbourhood ranking. Chalkboard was the material choice because it does not require any energy, is easily updated and maintained, low-cost in production and we found the aesthetics to match nicely the existing architectural typology.
Andrew Vande Moere, Martin Tomitsch, Monika Hoinkis, Elmar Trefz, Silje Johansen, Allison Jones and more.
Vande Moere, A., Tomitsch, M., Hoinkis, M., Trefz, E., Johansen, S., and Jones, A. (2011). Comparative Feedback in the Street: Exposing Residential Energy Consumption on House Facades. In Proceedings of 13th IFIP TC13 Conference on Human-Computer Interaction (INTERACT 2011), Springer.
Further details are available from the Neighbourhood Scoreboards project website.
Photos courtesy of Nikash Singh and Martin Tomitsch.