Adjusting building thermostats for environmental gains : understanding the issues

Kennedy, Rosemary J., Miller, Wendy F., Summerville, Jennifer A., Heffernan, Maree E., & Loh, Susan (2008) Adjusting building thermostats for environmental gains : understanding the issues. BEDP Environment Design Guide, 2(DES71), pp. 1-6.

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There has been increasing reliance on mechanical heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems to achieve thermal comfort in office buildings. The use of universal standards for thermal comfort adopted in air-conditioned spaces often results in a large disparity between mean daily external summer temperatures and temperatures experienced indoors. The extensive overuse of air-conditioning in warm climates not only isolates us from the vagaries of the external environment, but is generally dependent on non-renewable energy.

A pilot study conducted at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) involved altering the thermostat set-points to two or three degrees above the normal summer setting in two air-conditioned buildings during the subtropical summer. This paper presents the findings of the research that led to the formulation of the test study. The findings of the test study are printed in the companion paper DES 72: Adjusting Building Thermastats for Environmental Gains – a Pilot Study.

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ID Code: 28171
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Thermal comfort, Commercial buildings, air conditioning, climate appropriate clothing, occupant behaviour
ISSN: 1442-5017
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > DESIGN PRACTICE AND MANAGEMENT (120300) > Design Practice and Management not elsewhere classified (120399)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Past > Schools > School of Design
Past > Schools > School of Engineering Systems
Deposited On: 22 Oct 2009 21:49
Last Modified: 27 Nov 2016 22:11

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