The Future of Thermal Comfort in an Energy- Constrained World

  • Tim Law

Part of the Springer Theses book series (Springer Theses)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
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  11. Back Matter
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About this book


The dissertation investigates the scientific and business factors that have resulted in air-conditioning being a major contributor to climate-change. With his architectural background, the author demonstrates how a design methodology, not commonly adopted in scientific studies, may actually be a suitable way of dealing with a complex problem: the 'business as usual' scenario involving building science, sociological values and consumer behavior. Using his innovations as case studies, the author shows how good ideas cannot be evaluated on scientific merit alone and demonstrates why commercialization may have a pivotal role in deployment of research-based technology. He advances the theory of personalized thermal comfort which can potentially resolve the air-conditioning conundrum.


Air-conditioning Architecture engineering inter-disciplinary Brain Cooling Climate Change Comfort Energetics Comfort Temperature Ductless Task Air-conditioning (DTAC) System Ductless task air-conditioning Market-oriented Solution Office Productivity Personal cooling unit Personalised Thermal Comfort Research commercialization innovation Thermal comfort

Authors and affiliations

  • Tim Law
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  1. 1., School of Architecture & DesignUniversity of TasmaniaLauncestonAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2013
  • Publisher Name Springer, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Engineering
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-00148-7
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-00149-4
  • Series Print ISSN 2190-5053
  • Series Online ISSN 2190-5061
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