Thermal comfort environment for migrants: a long-term follow-up climate chamber experiment

Yu Dong*, Yuan Shi, Yanfeng Liu, Jørn Toftum

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    Migration between different climate regions may change people's thermal experience and their thermal adaptation. However, few studies have explored the thermal adaptation process and the suitable indoor thermal environment of migrants. In this study, we conducted a long-term tracking comparative experiment on thermal adaptation of migrants moving from severe cold (SC) regions, hot summer and cold winter (HSCW) regions, and hot summer and warm winter (HSWW) regions to cold region of China. A two-year climate chamber experiment was conducted to follow migrants' progressive thermal adaptation, such as different weeks, months and seasons after they migrated. The results show that the thermal sensation of migrants was significantly associated with their origin, the time after migration and air temperature. In addition, with the increase time after migration, the thermal sensitivity of HSCW and SC migrants showed a significant upward and downward trend, respectively. Two years after migration, the thermal comfort limits of migrants from SC, HSWW and HSCW were almost identical at 23.5-27.8°C, 23.8-27.8°C, and 23.5-27.6°C. The results provides insight to the progression of thermal adaptation and helpful to guide the design of indoor climate for immigrants with different thermal experiences.
    Original languageEnglish
    Publication date2021
    Number of pages3
    Publication statusPublished - 2021
    Event8th International Buildings Physics Conference 2021 - Online event, Copenhagen, Denmark
    Duration: 25 Aug 202127 Aug 2021
    Conference number: 8


    Conference8th International Buildings Physics Conference 2021
    LocationOnline event
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