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Integrated HVAC Engineering: Mastering Comfort, Health,
2017 ASHRAE Annual Meetings
Long Beach, CA
Seminars made possible with funding from Uponor.
Title: Which Should Come First in Housing, Energy Efficiency
or Thermal Comfort?
This usually comes as a shock to energy geeks, but
compliance requirements found in efficiency programs are not
found in thermal comfort standards. Furthermore, energy
related terms like U-values, conduction, air changes,
kilowatts, therms and thermal bridging are abstract
constructs for the general public. But the vernacular
language of cold, hot, dry, humid, muggy and drafty needs no
communication effort. This presentation explains why and how
to use the vocabulary of thermal comfort as the first
solution in solving residential energy problems.
1. Explain the relationships between thermal comfort,
building science and energy efficiency.
2. Explain how the vernacular language of thermal comfort
can be used to encourage better building enclosures.
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