Human Thermal Responses in Energy-efficient Buildings

Pekka Tuomaala, Jouko Piippo, Kalevi Piira, Miimu Airaksinen

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    Abstract

    Quite wide global consensus seems to be achieved in a desire to improve energy-efficiency of both new and existing buildings when fulfilling international commitments and agreements in urgent environmental issues. However, this desire puts more pressure on both design and construction processes. This is because successful energy-efficient building concepts require verified guidelines for structural design and building service system dimensioning. This paper describes new possibilities to evaluate true thermal behaviour and interactions between indoor environment and occupants. The key-issue is to integrate sophisticated buildings energy simulation and detailed human thermal modelling. Such approach allows physically solid estimation of true impacts of alternative technical solutions on human thermal sensation and comfort.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationFirst International Conference on Improving Construction and Use through Integrated Design Solutions
    Subtitle of host publicationCIB IDS 2009
    Place of PublicationEspoo
    PublisherVTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
    Pages253-267
    ISBN (Electronic)978-951-38-6342-5
    ISBN (Print)978-951-38-6341-8
    Publication statusPublished - 2009
    MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
    EventFirst International Conference on Improving Construction and Use through Integrated Design Solutions: CIB IDS 2009 - Espoo, Finland
    Duration: 10 Jun 200912 Jun 2009

    Publication series

    SeriesVTT Symposium
    Number259
    ISSN0357-9387

    Conference

    ConferenceFirst International Conference on Improving Construction and Use through Integrated Design Solutions
    Abbreviated titleCID IDS 2009
    CountryFinland
    CityEspoo
    Period10/06/0912/06/09

    Keywords

    • human thermal modelling
    • energy-efficient buildings
    • thermal sensation
    • thermal comfort

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    Tuomaala, P., Piippo, J., Piira, K., & Airaksinen, M. (2009). Human Thermal Responses in Energy-efficient Buildings. In First International Conference on Improving Construction and Use through Integrated Design Solutions: CIB IDS 2009 (pp. 253-267). VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland. VTT Symposium, No. 259 http://www.vtt.fi/inf/pdf/symposiums/2009/S259.pdf