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Field studies in domestic and non-domestic buildings in France, Germany and Great Britain have been performed in order to assess thermal comfort in buildings with passive solar features. Air and global temperatures, air velocity and relative humidity were measured, while respondents completed a questionnaire which gave details of activity levels and clothing worn. They also described their thermal sensations on a 9-point rating scale, as well as their environmental priorities. Results are published for each building type. One of the general conclusions is that there do not appear to be significant differences between buildings with passive solar features and those without, in terms of the experience of their occupants. The general satisfaction with passive solar houses was, however, very high.

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Authors: GRIFFITHS I D, University of Surrey, Department of Psychology, Guildford (GB)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 13431 EN (1991) 127 pp., MF, ECU 8
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Record Number: 199110393 / Last updated on: 1994-12-02
Original language: en
Available languages: en
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