Prospects of thermal comfort in semi-outdoor environment: Application of thermal adaptation studies to thermal environmental planning in Japanese context

Junta Nakano, Shin Ichi Tanabe

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Abstract

Semi-outdoor environment is defined as a grade of environmental control in thermal environmental planning, falling in between indoor and outdoor environment. Thermal adaptation of occupants, together with building and equipment, needs to be taken into account for planning such environment. Behavioral and psychological adaptation was found to be influential the thermal comfort, and context of thermal environment was found to be important to understand the adaptive process from literature review. Environmental context was categorized into social, architectural, and personal elements. A concept model of adaptive thermal comfort in semi-outdoor environment was proposed. Problems concerning applitation of existing thermal comfort standards were discussed. Adaptive comfort zone, not comfort temperature, needs to be investigated through field surveys considering the Japanese context suth as geographical location, climate, degree of environmental control and general-purpose of the architectural space. Adaptive comfort zone needs to lee presented together with the definition of environmental context.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)597-606
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Environmental Engineering (Japan)
Volume79
Issue number701
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Jul 1

Keywords

  • Adaptation
  • Literature review
  • Semi-outdoor environment
  • Thermal comfort zone
  • Thermal environment planning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Engineering

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