UCL Discovery
UCL home » Library Services » Electronic resources » UCL Discovery

Adapting to technology: The case of air conditioning use in Malaysian homes

Jaafar, MFZB; Croxford, B; (2010) Adapting to technology: The case of air conditioning use in Malaysian homes. In: Proceedings of Conference: Adapting to Change: New Thinking on Comfort. Network for Comfort and Energy Use in Buildings: Windsor, UK. Green open access

[img]
Preview
Text
Croxford_28-01-07-jaafer.pdf

Download (112kB) | Preview

Abstract

The use of thicker, comforter type blanket as sleep cover suggests a lower neutral temperature for a subject compared to one that use normal blanket. In hot humid Malaysian climate, this would result in higher cooling load for air conditioners. This study investigates the effect of blanket thickness on occupants' thermal neutrality in air-conditioned bedrooms. A thermal comfort field survey is conducted on the occupants of 36 air conditioned bedrooms in Klang Valley. Thermal neutralities are established using Griffiths method (Griffiths 1990) revised by de Dear and Bragger (de Dear and Brager 2001) . It is found that only 30% of households use comforter type blanket, suggesting the use is by choice rather than necessity. The neutral temperature of households that use comforter type blanket on average is lower by 2.3C than that of households that use normal blanket. The finding suggests that adaptive behavior does not always result in lower energy consumption when active cooling is employed.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: Adapting to technology: The case of air conditioning use in Malaysian homes
Event: Adapting to Change: New Thinking on Comfort
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: http://nceub.org.uk/dokuwiki/lib/exe/fetch.php?med...
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © The Authors 2010. This is an Open Access paper published under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported Licence (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/).
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/1423521
Downloads since deposit
559Downloads
Download activity - last month
Download activity - last 12 months
Downloads by country - last 12 months

Archive Staff Only

View Item View Item