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Methodology for the evaluation of thermal comfort in office buildings

: Kalz, D.E.; Pfafferott, J.


Kalz, D.E.; Pfafferott, J.:
Thermal comfort and energy-efficient cooling of nonresidential buildings
Cham: Springer International Publishing, 2014 (SpringerBriefs in applied sciences and technology)
ISBN: 978-3-319-04581-8 (Print)
ISBN: 978-3-319-04582-5 (Online)
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-04582-5
Book Article
Fraunhofer ISE ()

The comfort standards define a methodology for the evaluation of thermal comfort for design purposes. Compared to this, a standardized evaluation of measurement campaigns should apply some constraints: The applied comfort approach need to be adapted for the cooling concept. Monitored room temperatures are evaluated on an hourly basis for both the upper and lower limits during occupancy only. The evaluation is carried out for 84 % of the building area. The deviation from the comfort temperature and its tolerance band is limited to 5 % and is determined for the entire summer period. A summer day is a day with a mean running temperature higher than 15 °C. Results should be illustrated in a comfort figure and as a thermal-comfort footprint.