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

Tune into the Edifice Complex Podcast by host Adam Muggleton and Robert Bean

Pushing the Comfort Zone
Hosted by RDH Building Science

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Stop the madness: the only reason why buildings exist is for people yet less than 1% of design practitioners can complete a compliance check to ASHRAE Standard 55 Thermal Environmental Conditions for Human Occupancy. Healing is a three-step program.

1. Introduction to Thermal Comfort and ASHRAE Standard 55.
2. Thermal Intimacy: When health science meets building science
3. Conquering Compliance with Standard 55: Online Thermal Comfort Tools for Designing Buildings and HVAC Systems

Thermal Comfort Codes vs Standards

Fig.1 Building codes do not represent thermal comfort, nor do load calculations and HVAC design. Thermal comfort is sensed and perceived by the occupants and is a function of 11 key metrics that when correctly assessed and resolved reduce the discomfort in spaces.

Contact Robert Bean for courses related to indoor environmental quality, high performance building systems, decarbonization and electrification.

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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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