Field Study on Indoor Thermal Environment of Traditional Residence in Guilin in Winter

  • Wenheng ZhengEmail author
  • Shaoying Su
Conference paper
Part of the Environmental Science and Engineering book series (ESE)


This study analyzed the influence of rural residential spatial layout and building envelope on indoor thermal environment in northern Guangxi and put forward some feasible suggestions for improving the indoor thermal environment of existing rural dwellings. To achieve these goals, the field surveys have been carried out on two typical rural dwellings, wooden dwellings, and brick-concrete dwellings, by measuring thermal environment parameters, including indoor and outdoor air temperature, relative humidity, air velocity, solar radiation intensity, and globe temperature. The results showed that the average outdoor air temperature was 11.8 °C and 81.5% represented the average relative humidity level, which was very cold and moist in winter. The adverse weather conditions in winter and the poor airtightness and moisture resistance of building envelope led to the uncomfortable living environment. The indoor maximum temperature was lower than 12.0 °C in winter while the indoor relative humidity was higher than 70.0% without heating system. Considering the characteristics of the building envelope and the current situation of indoor and outdoor thermal environment in this area, it was suggested that the airtightness of the building envelope be improved. Meanwhile, it was also recommended that effective moisture-proof measures should be added to improve the thermal insulation and humidity reduction of residential dwellings in winter.


North Guangxi Rural dwellings Indoor thermal environment Building envelope 



This project is supported by Guangxi Natural Science Fund Joint Cultivation Project: Study on indoor thermal environment and human thermal comfort of traditional houses in northern Guangxi (Number: 2018GXNSFAA13807) and Research and demonstration on key common techniques of Guilin intelligent low Carbon Green Park (Number: Guilin Science and Technology Project 20180107-2).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Architecture and Transportation EngineeringGuilin University of Electronic TechnologyGuilinChina

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