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Diversity in Thermal Sensation: drivers of variance and methodological artefacts

Shipworth, D; Huebner, G; Schweiker, M; Kingma, B; (2016) Diversity in Thermal Sensation: drivers of variance and methodological artefacts. In: Brotas, L and Roaf, S and Nicol, F and Humphreys, MA, (eds.) Proceedings of the 9th International Windsor Conference 2016: making comfort relevant. (pp. pp. 56-72). Network for Comfort and Energy Use in Buildings (NCEUB) Green open access

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Abstract

In this paper we structure biological, psychological and background/experience drivers of thermal comfort variance and their relationships to develop a conceptual interaction model. The aim is to create a theoretical model containing a broad range of influencing factors that can be used for hypothesis generation. Furthermore, the paper provides a framework for assessing how much of the observed diversity in comfort votes may arise from imprecise instruments through the assessment of various forms of validity. Current comfort models, both predictive and adaptive, focus on the prediction of conditions comfortable for an average person in order to derive comfort bands suitable for the majority of building occupants. Such models do not explain why we observe such a diversity of comfort votes from occupants of the same building. We argue that understanding diversity is important, both practically and scientifically, and that to do so we need to address the physiological, psychological, social, cultural and built-environmental conditions that give rise to observed diversity in comfort. It is expected that in doing so, the research community will both improve its scientific understanding of comfort, but also develop new ways of providing comfort that can create acceptable environments for more people using less energy.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: Diversity in Thermal Sensation: drivers of variance and methodological artefacts
Event: Windsor Conference 2016: 7-10 April 2016, Windsor Great Park, UK
Location: Cumberland Lodge, Windsor, UK
Dates: 07 April 2016 - 10 April 2016
ISBN-13: 9780992895730
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: http://www.nceub.org.uk/W2016/pdfs/proceedings/Pro...
Language: English
Additional information: The Authors retain copyright over their work, while allowing the conference to place this unpublished work on the NCEUB network website (http://nceub.org.uk/W2016/W2016_index.html). This will allow others to freely access the papers, use and share with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and its initial presentation at this conference.
Keywords: Thermal Comfort, Physiological factors, Psychological factors, Environmental factors, Diversity
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/1502288
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