Online educational resource on achieving indoor environmental quality with radiant based HVAC systems

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2023 ASHRAE UAE Falcon Chapter, Abu Dhabi and Dubai

Abu Dhabi: What Should Drive the Sustainability Bus - Indoor Environmental Quality or Energy?

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Efficiency programs seem to ignore the fact that the only reason why society uses energy in buildings is to condition people and generate domestic hot water. One would then think that all design ought to begin with the physiological and psychological needs of the occupants. However in the real world most energy efficiency programs focus exclusively on enclosures and equipment and have superficial IEQ requirements. The hope is that the assembled systems will deliver the desired indoor climate with the modeled energy. The flaws in this approach are demonstrated in the poor results from thousands of post occupancy evaluations. Following this workshop, participants will learn the human sciences behind thermal comfort and air quality and how energy and exergy efficiency is the natural outcome from engineering the indoor environment using human factor design tools.

Dubai, Manipal University: An Introduction to Thermal Comfort: The Human Factors of Sensation, Perceptions and Responses

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Next to sound, thermal discomfort is the second leading indicator of poor indoor environmental quality. In part this is due to industry using air temperature as the exclusive proxy for comfort and 72F (22C) as the metric for compliance. Participation in this course will equip members with a complete understanding of how people actually sense their thermal environments, the subjectivity of perceptions and the negative consequences of resulting responses. This is the course architectural, engineering, interior design, builder and trade school curriculums and manufacturers should teach - but don’t.
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Download the book: Thermal Comfort Principles and Practical Applications for Residential Buildings

Additional Resources:

Meeting the Need for Lifetime Housing
The Interaction and Connection between Buildings, HVAC System, and Indoor Environmental Quality
Human Factors in HVAC: Thermal Comfort and Indoor Air Quality for Lifetime Housing
Aging: Thermal Regulation and Indoor Air Quality Resources/Citations for an Elderly Population


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