I work out of a huge and newly constructed office building located in the heart of downtown. The building is super modern and almost entirely constructed of glass. From my corner office space, on the twelfth floor, the view is truly spectacular. I wish, however, that the windows would open and provide some fresh air. Although the glass is tinted to deflect the sun, the outdoor conditions still manage to impact the indoor temperature. In the summer, the glass is hot and makes the room feel warmer. The opposite is a problem in the winter, when the outside temperature is well below zero, with gray skies and endless snowfall. The office building is carefully temperature controlled. Unfortunately, no one on the premises is able to make any adjustments to the thermostat. The indoor temperature and operation of the commercial HVAC system is handled by the corporate headquarters. The headquarters are located in a similar building, way on the other side of the country. The temperature settings are regulated strictly by the date on the calendar instead of the actual weather demands. At a specific day of the year, the air conditioner starts up and operates continuously. It doesn’t matter if it’s freezing cold outside, we are subjected to a chilly blast of air in the office. When the fall season arrives, the heating system automatically takes over. Sometimes, the weather is still sunny and humid, and yet we get a non stop influx of heat. Last December, we were enjoying an unexpected climb in temperature and the building became terribly stuffy and overheated. All of the employees were sweaty and became so uncomfortable that very little work was accomplished. People complained of headaches. We were forced to wear shorts during the workday, and run a bunch of box fans. It would be far more energy efficient to move control over the thermostat on-site. We would all be happier and more comfortable, which would result in greater productivity.