From indoors to outdoors and in-transition; thermal comfort across different operation contexts

Nikolopoulou, Marialena and Kotopouleas, Alkis and Lykoudis, Spyridon (2018) From indoors to outdoors and in-transition; thermal comfort across different operation contexts. In: on-line database. Proceedings of the 10th Windsor Conference: Rethinking Comfort. (Full text available)

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Abstract

This paper focuses on the investigation of thermal comfort conditions in three very different operational contexts using meta-analysis of different studies within a similar climatic context in the UK. This includes extensive surveys indoors from offices, outdoors from urban areas, as well as indoors from airport terminals. Recent research in airport terminal buildings has highlighted that there are very different user groups, with diverse requirements for thermal comfort in such facilities. The paper investigates the hypothesis that staff working in the different areas have needs more similar to those of staff working in offices, while passengers use the building as a transition area with very different requirements and hence closer to the outdoor environment. Analysing and comparing the thermal comfort conditions from the different contexts, it explores the role of adaptation for thermal comfort attainment and satisfaction with the environment and the similarities of very different operational contexts in terms of their thermal comfort characteristics. Finally, the paper highlighted techniques for the potential transformation of thermal comfort scales, which can enable comparison between different types of surveys and inform the wider thermal comfort debate.

Item Type: Conference or workshop item (Paper)
Uncontrolled keywords: Thermal comfort, meta-analysis
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > Architecture
Depositing User: Marialena Nikolopoulou
Date Deposited: 19 Apr 2018 07:31 UTC
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2018 11:06 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/66790 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Nikolopoulou, Marialena: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0528-2145
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