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THERMAL COMFORT IN PASSIVE SOLAR BUILDINGS.

Objective

CURRENT THERMAL COMFORT MODELS AND STANDARDS ARE PREMISED ON CONDITIONS OF THERMAL EQUILIBRIUM BETWEEN THE BUILDING OCCUPANTS AND THEIR INDOOR CLIMATE. SUCH STANDARDS ARE THEREFORE NOT INTENDED FOR USE IN PASSIVE SOLAR BUILDINGS WHERE INDOOR CLIMATIC CONDITIONS VARY BOTH SPATIALLY AND TEMPORALLY. THE CURRENT RESEARCH PROGRAMME IS BEING CONDUCTED IN DENMARK, GREAT BRITAIN AND FRANCE WITH THE INTENTION OF DEVELOPING A NON-STEADY-STATE MODEL OF THERMAL COMFORT.

THE FRENCH SUBCONTRACT WILL IDENTIFY THE THERMAL BEHAVIOUR OF PASSIVE SOLAR BUILDINGS BY MEANS OF A LITERATURE REVIEW AND COMPUTER SIMULATION PROGRAM. THE BRITISH SUBCONTRACT WILL MEASURE THE INDOOR CLIMATES OF A SAMPLE OF OCCUPIED PASSIVE SOLAR BUILDINGS DURING TRANSIENT CONDITIONS IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE SUBJECTIVE RESPONSES OF THE OCCUPANTS TO THOSE CONDITIONS. THE DANISH CONTRIBUTION WILL BE A MATHEMATICAL MODEL OF THERMAL COMFORT IN TRANSIENT CONDITIONS. IT WILL BE BASED PARTLY ON EXPERIMENTS INVOLVING PHYSIOLOGICAL AND SUBJECTIVE RESPONSES TO STEP CHANGES IN OPERATIVE TEMPERATURE, AND PARTLY ON HUMAN RESPONSES TO TEMPERATURE PROFILES IDENTIFIED IN THE FRENCH COMPUTER SIMULATION STUDY. PREDICTIONS OF THE DANISH MODEL WILL THEN BE COMPARED WITH THE FIELD-OBSERVATIONS MADE IN THE BRITISH SUBCONTRACT.

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TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF DENMARK
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Anker Engelundsvej 1, Building 101
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