Impact of standard construction specification on thermal comfort in UK dwellings

Amoako-Attah, Joseph and Bahadori-Jahromi, Ali (2014) Impact of standard construction specification on thermal comfort in UK dwellings. Advances in Environmental Research (AER): An International Journal of interdisciplinary research in environmental science, technology, and management, 3 (3). ISSN 2234-1722

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Abstract. The quest for enhanced thermal comfort for dwellings encompasses the holistic utilization of
improved building fabric, impact of weather variation and amongst passive cooling design consideration the
provision of appropriate ventilation and shading strategy. Whilst thermal comfort is prime to dwellings
considerations, limited research has been done in this area with the attention focused mostly on
non-dwellings. This paper examines the current and future thermal comfort implications of four different
standard construction specifications which show a progressive increase in thermal mass and airtightness and
is underpinned by the newly developed CIBSE adaptive thermal comfort method for assessing the risk of
overheating in naturally ventilated dwellings. Interactive investigation on the impact of building fabric
variation, natural ventilation scenarios, external shading and varying occupants’ characteristics to analyse
dwellings thermal comfort based on non-heating season of current and future weather patterns of London
and Birmingham is conducted. The overheating analysis focus on the whole building and individual zones.
The findings from the thermal analysis simulation are illustrated graphically coupled with statistical analysis
of data collected from the simulation. The results indicate that, judicious integrated approach of improved
design options could substantially reduce the operating temperatures in dwellings and enhance thermal

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Construction and engineering > Built environment
Construction and engineering > Civil and structural engineering
Date Deposited: 25 May 2016 21:15
Last Modified: 07 Feb 2017 12:57

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