An investigation on the assessed thermal sensation and human body exergy consumption rate

Angela Simone, Jakub Kolarik, Toshiya Iwamatsu, Hideo Asada, Mateja Dovjak, Lisje Schellen, Masanori Shukuya, Bjarne W. Olesen

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The exergy concept helps to optimize indoor climate conditioning systems to meet the requirements of sustainable building design. While the exergy approach to design and operation of indoor climate conditioning systems is relatively well established, its exploitation in connection to human perception of the indoor environment is rare. As the building should provide healthy and comfortable environment for its occupants, it is reasonable to consider both the exergy flows in the building and within the human body. A relatively new approach of the relation between the exergy concept and the built-environment research has been explored in the present work. The relationship of subjectively assessed thermal sensation data, from earlier thermal comfort studies, to the calculated human-body exergy consumption has been analysed. The results show that the minimum human body exergy consumption rate was related to the thermal sensation votes close to thermal neutrality, tending to the slightly cool side.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of Clima 2010 congress : 10th REHVA World Congress "sustainable Energy Use in Buildings"
VolumeProceedings on CDRom
Publication date2010
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Event10th Rehva World Congress: Sustainable Energy Use in Buildings - Antalya, Turkey
Duration: 9 May 201012 May 2010
Conference number: 10


Conference10th Rehva World Congress


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