Interpreting Fanger's comfort equation within the adaptive paradigm

Schwede, Dirk 2007, Interpreting Fanger's comfort equation within the adaptive paradigm, in PLEA 2007 : Sun, Wind and Architecture, National University of Singapore, Singapore, pp. 691-698.

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Title Interpreting Fanger's comfort equation within the adaptive paradigm
Alternative title sun, wind and architecture: the proceedings of the 24th international conference on passive and low energy architecture
Author(s) Schwede, Dirk
Conference name International Conference on Passive and Low Energy Architecture (24th: 2007: Singapore)
Conference location Singapore
Conference dates 22-24 November 2007
Title of proceedings PLEA 2007 : Sun, Wind and Architecture
Editor(s) Wittkopf, Stephen K.
Beng-Kiang, Tan
Publication date 2007
Conference series Passive and Low Energy Architecture Conference
Start page 691
End page 698
Publisher National University of Singapore
Place of publication Singapore
Summary This paper reviews the evolution of Fanger's heat balance equation in regard of adaptive opportunities. Heat balance and adaptive response are integrated into one model as two fundamental aspects of human-environment interaction that define thermal comfort perception, rather than being seen as two concepts of alternative comfort paradigms. The paper suggests to extent Fanger's model with a heat storage term in order to account for comfort perception under transient thermal conditions, and to review Fanger's modelling assumptions in order to allow for a greater variety of adaptive response options. In the presented model heat exchange is modulated through adaptation of physiological, environmental and behavioural parameters in the human-environment system defined through Fanger's heat exchange equations. A computational prototype is implemented to determine 'comfortable' values and ranges of the six comfort dimensions alternatively to Fanger's comfort indices. Thereby values of for example 'comfortable' clothing and metabolic rate are results rather than necessary input parameters, which are difficult to determine. This approach allows generating design advice for physical, organisational and social environments based on heat balance calculation in the six-dimensional opportunity space defined through Fanger's comfort equation. A starting point for the development of a dynamic adaptive comfort model is set.
ISBN 9789810594008
Language eng
Field of Research 120106 Interior Design
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
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