New human thermal model integrated in a building simulation environment for a more accurate estimation of thermal comfort in transient conditions

Riikka Holopainen, Pekka Tuomaala

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    Abstract

    This paper presents the basic features of the new VTT Human Thermal Model (HTM), the adopted heat and mass transfer models and the new way of estimating human thermal sensation and comfort. A test case with a series of stepwise changes in environmental conditions including neutral, low and high ambient temperatures has been simulated with HTM. The simulated skin temperatures have been compared to original measured values, and the calculated thermal sensation and comfort has been compared to results calculated with a traditional way of estimating human thermal comfort (Fanger method). The results show that simulated skin temperatures give a good resemblance with measured values. The calculated thermal sensation by HTM show that the Fanger method is not sufficient for estimating the human thermal comfort in transient conditions.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationSB10 Finland
    Subtitle of host publicationSustainable Community - buildingSMART. Conference proceedings
    EditorsPekka Huovila, A. Karvonen, Ville Raasakka
    Place of PublicationHelsinki
    PublisherSuomen Rakennusinsinöörien Liitto RIL
    Number of pages8
    ISBN (Print)978-951-758-506-4
    Publication statusPublished - 2010
    MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
    EventSB10 Finland: Sustainable Community - buildingSMART - Dipoli, Espoo, Finland
    Duration: 22 Sep 201024 Sep 2010
    Conference number: 8

    Conference

    ConferenceSB10 Finland
    CountryFinland
    CityEspoo
    Period22/09/1024/09/10

    Keywords

    • thermal sensation
    • thermal comfort
    • human thermal model

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  • Research Output

    • 1 Book (editor)

    SB10 Finland: Sustainable Community - building SMART. Conference Proceedings

    Huovila, P. (ed.), Karvonen, A. (ed.) & Raasakka, V. (ed.), 2010, Helsinki: Suomen Rakennusinsinöörien Liitto RIL.

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    Holopainen, R., & Tuomaala, P. (2010). New human thermal model integrated in a building simulation environment for a more accurate estimation of thermal comfort in transient conditions. In P. Huovila, A. Karvonen, & V. Raasakka (Eds.), SB10 Finland: Sustainable Community - buildingSMART. Conference proceedings Suomen Rakennusinsinöörien Liitto RIL. http://www.vtt.fi/inf/julkaisut/muut/2010/New_human_thermal_model.pdf