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Predictive thermal comfort model: Are current field studies measuring the most influential variables?

Gauthier, S; Shipworth, D; (2012) Predictive thermal comfort model: Are current field studies measuring the most influential variables? In: Proceedings of the 7th Windsor Conference: The Changing Context of Comfort in an Unpredictable World, Cumberland Lodge, Windsor, UK, 12-15 April 2012. NCEUB (Network for Comfort and Energy Use in Buildings) Green open access

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Abstract

Thermal comfort has widespread implications, including health and energy consumption, yet little is known about the interrelation between thermal-discomfort response and physical dependencies. Empirical research on occupants’ interaction with their home environment calls for a holistic socio-technical approach. The aim of this paper is to report on an evaluation of the sensitivity of the predictive thermal-comfort model, as described in the BS EN ISO 7730 standard. In light of the results of this analysis, this paper presents a methodological framework to measure the occupants’ activity levels. One of the key aims is to gather accurate measurement while using ‘discreet’ observatory systems to have minimum impact on the occupants’ behaviour. With recent emergence of, and advancements in, more accurate and affordable sensing technologies, this problem can potentially be overcome.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: Predictive thermal comfort model: Are current field studies measuring the most influential variables?
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: http://nceub.commoncense.info/index.php?n=OpenAcce...
Language: English
Keywords: Activity level, Thermal comfort, Predictive model, Sensitivity analysis
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > Bartlett School Env, Energy and Resources
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1361921
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