Maximum temperatures in European office buildings to avoid heat discomfort

TitleMaximum temperatures in European office buildings to avoid heat discomfort
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2007
AuthorsNicol, F, Humphreys, M
JournalSolar Energy
Volume81
Pagination295-304
Date Published2007
ISBN Number0038-092X
Accession NumberWOS:000245616600001
Abstract

This paper looks at the ways in which discomfort from summer overheating can be avoided in European office buildings. Starting with the results from field surveys and applying adaptive comfort theory the paper defines comfortable conditions and the range of acceptable temperature around these, in buildings in both free running mode and those being heated or cooled. Data from the EU project SCATs are used to explore how an upper envelope of acceptable temperatures might be defined. Upper limits for temperatures in buildings with and without heating and cooling are suggested in terms of the running mean of the outdoor temperature. (c) 2006 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.