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Air-conditioning use in Thai's household: The inter-relation of people, climate and building designs

Korprasertsri, J; (2005) Air-conditioning use in Thai's household: The inter-relation of people, climate and building designs. Doctoral thesis , ucl. Green open access

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Abstract

The traditional three-way interaction between climate, people and buildings has been discussed over years. Despite of human skin and clothing, buildings are generally interpreted as a third skin which shelter and protect us from the climate conditions. As important as we have to adapt and live with the nature in a harmonious way. Before the cooling technology is widely accepted and adopted in many types of buildings. The natural use of cooling technique was one of the fundamental rules in Thai building designs. As the contexts of social, people, cities have been motivated toward globalization steam, so does Architecture. Soon after the new cooling technology arrived in Thailand, massive transformations were happened or even at the present time. With a precise and controlled indoor climate, it seems to be a desirable solution for people who live in hot humid climate. Taking an aspect of thermal acclimatisation, anew Coolth cute has affected on thermal adaptation in who has become accustomed to air- conditioned environment. This statement might make you have a thought of Thais too far relied on cooling technology. However, from the other aspect, there are criticises on building design where has got influenced form western style which hardly reflect to hot humid climate building design. Are people the victims to Coolth cult or building designs which do not meet comfortably satisfactory environment The aim of the air-conditioning use in household study is to take a crucial look at the relationships between occupants and the building. Investigations of patterns of air- conditioning use in occupants and building performance are examined by questionnaires and measurements methods. Relations of building locations, building types and air-conditioned room Relations of AC operation periods, seasons and occupant factors Air-conditioning operation in relation to energy saving aspects Influences of microclimate and building designs on thermal comfort level Building performance in relation to thermal comfort level in monitored outdoor, indoor environments and air-conditioning performance Pattern of air-conditioning use

Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Title: Air-conditioning use in Thai's household: The inter-relation of people, climate and building designs
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language: English
Additional information: Thesis digitised by ProQuest. Third party copyright material has been removed from the ethesis. Images identifying individuals have been redacted or partially redacted to protect their identity.
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > The Bartlett School of Architecture
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1566967
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