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A study on the intensive use of air conditioning in large retail stores

Caeiro, JA; Bruhns, H; Summerfield, AJ; (2006) A study on the intensive use of air conditioning in large retail stores. In: de Oliveira Fernandes, E and Gameiro da Silva, M and Rosado Pinto, J, (eds.) (Proceedings) Healthy Buildings 2006 Conference Abstracts and Proceedings. Healthy Buildings Conference 2006: Lisbon, Portugal. Green open access

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Abstract

In addition to an increase in greenhouse effect emissions the intensive use of air conditioning in the retail sector can eventually carry implications on the health of some of those directly exposed to sudden cooling particularly in hot summer days. This paper reports the results of an experimental study conducted in the summer of 2005 in the United Kingdom investigating air conditioning frequency of use and the indoor air temperatures of air conditioned premises. It was found that in some large retail stores indoor air temperatures could be set higher improving thermal comfort and contributing towards the environment. In addition to an increase in greenhouse effect emissions the intensive use of air conditioning in the retail sector can eventually carry implications on the health of some of those directly exposed to sudden cooling particularly in hot summer days. This paper reports the results of an experimental study conducted in the summer of 2005 in the United Kingdom investigating air conditioning frequency of use and the indoor air temperatures of air conditioned premises. It was found that in some large retail stores indoor air temperatures could be set higher improving thermal comfort and contributing towards the environment.

Type:Proceedings paper
Title:A study on the intensive use of air conditioning in large retail stores
Event:Healthy Buildings 2006 Conference Abstracts and Proceedings
Open access status:An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Additional information:Imported via OAI, 7:29:01 3rd Mar 2007
UCL classification:UCL > School of BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > Bartlett School > Bartlett School of Graduate Studies
UCL > School of BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > UCL Energy Institute

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