Thermal Comfort

Title Abstract Publication Date
Adaptive Thermal Comfort and Ventilation This paper on adaptive comfort offers the basic scientific and practical information on adaptive comfort and discusses the impact of air speed on thermal comfort. 12/31/2005
Advanced HVAC Systems for Improving Indoor Environmental Quality and Energy Performance of California K-12 Schools, Displacement Ventilation Design Guide: K-12 Schools. Provides guidance concerning the use and implementation of displacement ventilation (DV) for K-12 schools. It serves architects, engineers, and educators seeking to understand why DV is beneficial,... 05/31/2006
Advanced HVAC Systems for Improving Indoor Environmental Quality and Energy Performance Of California K-12 Schools, Project 2 Final Report: Thermal Displacement Ventilation. Serves as the final project report for Project 2, Thermal Displacement Ventilation (DV) in Schools, under California's PIER IEQ-K12 Program. Key outcomes included the following: 1)Two... 05/31/2006
Advanced HVAC Systems for Improving Indoor Environmental Quality and Energy Performance of California K-12 Schools: Applications Guide for Off-the-Shelf Equipment for Displacement Ventilation Use. Provides background information on the potential energy use, indoor air quality and acoustic benefits of displaced ventilation as well as field experience with DV in schools and commercial buildings... 04/30/2006
Advanced HVAC Systems for Improving Indoor Environmental Quality and Energy Performance Of California K-12 Schools: Draft / Final Research Report. Covers HVAC design considerations for displacement ventilation systems, drawn from completed research of the project, a computational flow dynamics analysis, and the results of the first... 05/31/2006
Advanced HVAC Systems for Improving Indoor Environmental Quality and Energy Performance Of California K-12 Schools: Final Classroom Documentation Report. Documents the performance monitoring results of a displacement ventilation demonstration project at Kinoshita Elementary in San Juan Capistrano, California. The report also documents the processes of... 05/31/2006
Advanced HVAC Systems for Improving Indoor Environmental Quality and Energy Performance Of California K-12 Schools:Combined Document for Product Engineering Efforts Report, Research Summary Report, and Production Readiness Plan. Documents the development of a unit that can tightly control supply air temperature in a classroom thermal displacement ventilation (TDV) cooling system, in response to varying load and outdoor... 05/31/2006
Air Infiltration and Ventilation Centre In recognition of the significant impact of ventilation on energy use, combined with concerns over indoor air quality, the International Energy Agency (IEA) inaugurated the Air Infiltration and...
Airconditioning for Schools. Advocates air-conditioning for schools to improve educational productivity. Explains the economics of air-conditioning, the physiology of cooling bodies, the relation of learning to thermal comfort,... 02/28/1971
American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers The Society is organized for the sole purpose of advancing the arts and sciences of heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration for the public's benefit through research, standards...
An Evaluation Method for School Building Design at the Preliminary Phase with Optimisation of Aspects of Environmental Comfort for the School System of the State São Paulo in Brazil This study presents a method for evaluating and optimising environmental comfort parameters of school buildings during the preliminary stages of design. In order to test the method, 39 existing... 01/31/2007
Application of a School Building Thermal Response Numerical Model in the Evolution of the Adaptive Thermal Comfort Level in the Mediterranean Environment. Reviews the adaptive thermal comfort model and then applies and compares it with the performance of the conventional thermal comfort model for a school located in a Mediterranean weather environment... 11/30/2010
Assessment of Organic Compound Exposures, Thermal Comfort Parameters, and HVAC System-driven Air Exchange Rates in Public School Portable Classrooms in California The prevalence of prefabricated, portable classrooms (portables, relocatables, RCs) has increased due to class size reduction initiatives and limited resources. Classroom mechanical wall-mount... 07/31/2003
Better Circulation. Discusses the use of low-speed, large diameter ceiling fans to improve thermal comfort in schools. 10/31/2010
Building Blueprints: Kindergarten Classrooms. Advises on the design of kindergarten classrooms, emphasizing the available of intimate spaces for individual and small group activities, natural light and access to nature, thermal comfort,... 10/31/2010
Building Envelope: Focus on Energy. Discusses use of infrared technology and visual inspection to identify air leaks, wet insulation, and thermal bridging, along with suggested elements of a maintenance checklist and current products... 07/31/2009
Carpet Aids Learning in High Performance Schools. Describes carpet's benefits to the learning environment, including contributions to indoor air quality; thermal, visual and acoustical comfort, and safety. 12/31/2008
Cause a Stir. Discusses destratification of air in large athletic spaces with fans or fabric ducts. Common HVAC mistakes in these spaces are also addressed. 06/30/2011
Circulating Ideas on HVLS Fans. Disucsses advances in high-volume, low-speed (HVLS) ceiling fans that have created quiet and energy-efficient devices that can deliver significant HVAC savings by reducing the amount of ductwork... 05/31/2009
Considerations When Upgrading Renovating Window Systems. Advises on window selection for campus buildings, emphasizing energy efficiency, building orientation, appropriate window style, and glass selection. Acoustics, daylighting, thermal comfort, and... 10/31/2010
Cool Roofing a Hot Topic. Discusses the solar reflectance and thermal emittance properties of various roofing materials, with an emphasis on those that offer high values in these area and lower heating and cooling costs. Also... 07/31/2006
Cooling with Less Air. Discusses underfloor air distribution and chilled beam systems for cooling that uses less energy and delivers superior occupant comfort. The function, design, and combination of these systems are... 11/30/2009
Designing Productive Learning Environments. Temperature, relative humidity, air movement, odor, and air cleanliness are important when providing a comfortable environment for learning. The human organism is highly adaptive, but a student... 12/31/1978
Designing Quality Learning Spaces: Heating and Insulation. Advises on heating and insulation of schools, detailing perception of thermal comfort; building orientation, shading, and glazing issues; heating systems; and insulation. Additional considerations... 12/31/2006
Do Indoor Pollutants and Thermal Conditions in Schools Influence Student Performance? A Critical Review of the Literature. Presents a critical review of evidence for direct associations between these aspects of indoor environmental quality (IEQ) and performance or attendance. Evidence on indirect connections potentially... 12/31/2004