Indoor Climate Experience and Thermal Comfort Expectation in Buildings
Climate change is one of the urgent issues we humans must face in this century. But when talking about climate change most people will think of outdoor global warming while few can notice the changes in indoor climates we experience. In fact, our living places have always been ‘evolving’, from caves and wild fields in primitive age to ancient buildings with exquisite shapes and styles, and to modern buildings with advanced Heating, Ventilation and Air-Conditioning systems (HVAC). Especially since the appearance of air-conditioning in the last century, the thermal environment in modern buildings has been tightly controlled with a goal of creating thermal neutrality, emphasizing conditions that are constant through time, and uniform through space. Unfortunately, this trend is also associated with increased energy use to maintain these conditions. One way to mitigate climate change through reduced energy use in buildings is to re-evaluate what makes us comfortable.
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