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Comfort in Australian offices: beyond the models?

Roetzel,A and Luther,ML 2014, Comfort in Australian offices: beyond the models?, in ANZAScA 2014 : Proceedings of the 48th International Conference of the Architectural Science Association, ANZAScA: Architectural Science Association, Genoa, Italy, pp. 643-653.

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Title Comfort in Australian offices: beyond the models?
Author(s) Roetzel,AORCID iD for Roetzel,A orcid.org/0000-0003-3243-7744
Luther,ML
Conference name Architectural Science Association. Conference (48th : 2014 : Genoa, Italy)
Conference location Genoa, Italy
Conference dates 2014/12/10 - 2014/12/13
Title of proceedings ANZAScA 2014 : Proceedings of the 48th International Conference of the Architectural Science Association
Editor(s) Madeo,F
Schnabel,MA
Publication date 2014
Conference series Architectural Science Association Conference
Start page 643
End page 653
Total pages 11
Publisher ANZAScA: Architectural Science Association
Place of publication Genoa, Italy
Summary  Thermal comfort models, as we know them today, have been available since the early 1970’s and have been applied to assess the conditioning of our buildings. What we have is a comfort value of an interior environment at a particular location as a result of several measured parameters. What we don’t often consider is how the building contributes to this resulting thermal environment and how occupants respond to its possible changes. The following research considers the climatic and comfort findings from 15 fully air conditioned office buildings between Brisbane and Melbourne Australia during brief seasonal periods of measurement. Initially, each office building
was considered as its own individual project; however the grouping of the results has led to some interesting observations:
Regardless of building type or whether there is a narrow controlled comfort band,
there can be a significant variation in the clothing level of occupants.
There is a greater exterior to interior air temperature correlation than might be expected among fully air-conditioned buildings. The diurnal ranges of interior temperatures (over 24 hours) may be far greater than anticipated. It is realised that fully conditioned buildings are far more variable than perhaps realised and that occupant comfort may relate more to user interaction (CLO value), building construction type (weight) and envelope air tightness. As a result, this investigation raises perhaps more questions than answers as to how we assess thermal comfort in
buildings.
ISBN 9780992383510
Language eng
Field of Research 120104 Architectural Science and Technology (incl Acoustics, Lighting, Structure and Ecologically Sustainable Design)
Socio Economic Objective 850799 Energy Conservation and Efficiency not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
ERA Research output type E Conference publication
Copyright notice ©2014, ANZAScA
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30070058

Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: School of Architecture and Built Environment
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