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Physiological expression of human thermal comfort to indoor operative temperature in the non-HVAC environment

Li, B., Li, W., Liu, H., Yao, R. ORCID:, Tan, M., Jing, S. and Ma, X. (2010) Physiological expression of human thermal comfort to indoor operative temperature in the non-HVAC environment. Indoor and Built Environment, 19 (2). pp. 221-229. ISSN 1420-326X

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A physiological experiment was carried out in a naturally ventilated, non-HVAC indoor environment of a spacious experimental room. More than 300 healthy university students volunteered for this study. The purpose of the study was to investigate the human physiological indicators which could be used to characterise the indoor operative temperature changes in a building and their impact on human thermal comfort based on the different climatic characteristics people would experience in Chongqing, China. The study found that sensory nerve conduction velocity (SCV) could objectively provide a good indicator for assessment of the human response to changes in indoor operative temperatures in a naturally ventilated situation. The results showed that with the changes in the indoor operative temperatures, the changing trend in the nerve conduction velocity was basically the same as that of the skin temperature at the sensory nerve measuring segment (Tskin(scv)). There was good coherent consistency among the factors: indoor operative temperature, SCV and Tskin(scv) in a certain indoor operative temperature range. Through self-adaptation and self-feedback regulation, the human physiological indicators would produce certain adaptive changes to deal with the changes in indoor operative temperature. The findings of this study should provide the baseline data to inform guidelines for the development of thermal environment-related standards that could contribute to efficient use of energy in buildings in China.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Science > School of the Built Environment > Energy and Environmental Engineering group
ID Code:16795
Uncontrolled Keywords:Operative temperature; Thermal comfort; Physiological expression; Sensory nerve conduction velocity (SCV;) Human adaptation; Skin temperature
Publisher:SAGE Publications

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