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Too hot, too cold? An analysis of factors associated with thermal comfort in English homes

Huebner, G; Shipworth, D; Hamilton, I; Oreszczyn, T; (2016) Too hot, too cold? An analysis of factors associated with thermal comfort in English homes. In: Brotas, L and Roaf, S and Nicol, F and Humphreys, M, (eds.) Proceedings of the 9th International Windsor Conference 2016: making comfort relevant. (pp. pp. 143-155). Network for Comfort and Energy Use in Buildings Green open access

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Abstract

This paper focuses on factors associated with feeling too hot / too cold in English homes and compares internal temperatures for homes where occupants report either and those where not. The data analysed for this paper are part of the Energy Follow-Up Survey (EFUS), commissioned by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (2013). Across the sample (N = 2616), 6.7% of households reported that during cold winter weather, they cannot keep comfortably warm in the living room. 9.2% reported that during summer, they have difficulties to keep the living room and 11.3% to keep the bedroom cool. In winter occupants in homes with uninsulated cavity walls and with less double glazing are more likely to indicate that they cannot keep comfortably warm. In summer, households with presence of a sick / disabled person were more likely to report that they cannot keep living rooms cool. Energy consumption and internal temperatures did not differ between those reporting discomfort and those who did not. One important finding is the high degree of variability in internal temperatures. This variation of temperatures that householders apparently experience as comfortable is reassuring in that acceptable temperatures are not limited to a narrow range.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: Too hot, too cold? An analysis of factors associated with thermal comfort in English homes
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Additional information: The Authors retain copyright over their work, while allowing the conference to place this unpublished work on the NCEUB network website (http://nceub.org.uk/W2016/W2016_index.html).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 discomfort, internal temperatures, energy consumption, logistic regression, homes
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/1502289
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