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Applying the adaptive model of comfort

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posted on 2003-08-01, 00:00 authored by Mark LutherMark Luther, R de Dear
This note is directed to one major aspect of the comfort of building occupants – namely, thermal comfort. Even though it may be difficult to isolate thermal sensations from the whole of comfort itself, humans have a strong physiological connection with their thermal environment. Our thermal perceptions and sensations often vary greatly, especially between our indoor and outdoor environments. We may be totally comfortable lounging under a shade cloth on a 35°C day with a stiff breeze enveloping our body, but would never tolerate similar conditions indoors. Such divergent perceptions of the same thermal stimulus across differing contexts raise countless questions about just what the determinants of thermal comfort actually are, and how they may be managed against the demands for an environmentally responsive architecture.

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Journal

BDP environment design guide

Volume

DES 57

Pagination

1 - 8

Publisher

Royal Australian Institute of Architects

Location

Melbourne, Vic.

ISSN

1442-5017

Language

eng

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Reproduced with the kind permission of the copyright owner.

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C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2003, BDP

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