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Thermal Comfort Assessment of Buildings


  • Many tools for assessing the thermal comfort quality of a building during the design phase or the operational phase

  • New long-term general discomfort indices harmonized with respect to the three comfort models

  • A new short-term local discomfort index for the American Adaptive comfort model


Part of the SpringerBriefs in Applied Sciences and Technology book series (BRIEFSAPPLSCIENCES)

Also part of the PoliMI SpringerBriefs book sub series (BRIEFSPOLIMI)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Salvatore Carlucci
    Pages 1-20
  3. Salvatore Carlucci
    Pages 81-99
  4. Salvatore Carlucci
    Pages 101-102
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 103-134

About this book


A number of metrics for assessing human thermal response to climatic conditions have been proposed in scientific literature over the last decades. They aim at describing human thermal perception of the thermal environment to which an individual or a group of people is exposed. More recently, a new type of “discomfort index” has been proposed for describing, in a synthetic way, long-term phenomena. Starting from a systematic review of a number of long-term global discomfort indices, they are then contrasted and compared on a reference case study in order to identify their similarities and differences and strengths and weaknesses. Based on this analysis, a new short-term local discomfort index is proposed for the American Adaptive comfort model. Finally, a new and reliable long-term general discomfort index is presented. It is delivered in three versions and each of them is suitable to be respectively coupled with the Fanger, the European Adaptive and the American Adaptive comfort models.


Building Optimization Long-term Global Discomfort Index Long-term Local Discomfort Index Operational Assessment of Buildings Thermal Comfort Assessment

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1., EnergyPolitecnico di MilanoMilanItaly

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Thermal Comfort Assessment of Buildings
  • Authors Salvatore Carlucci
  • Series Title SpringerBriefs in Applied Sciences and Technology
  • Series Abbreviated Title SpringerBriefs in Applied Sciences
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Author(s) 2013
  • Publisher Name Springer, Milano
  • eBook Packages Engineering Engineering (R0)
  • Softcover ISBN 978-88-470-5237-6
  • eBook ISBN 978-88-470-5238-3
  • Series ISSN 2191-530X
  • Series E-ISSN 2191-5318
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVIII, 134
  • Number of Illustrations 34 b/w illustrations, 1 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Building Physics, HVAC
    Energy Efficiency
    Design, general
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