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Energies 2017, 10(8), 1202; https://doi.org/10.3390/en10081202

Development of an Integrated, Personalized Comfort Methodology for Office Buildings

Process Equipment Design Laboratory, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, GR-54124 Thessaloniki, Greece
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Received: 23 June 2017 / Revised: 23 July 2017 / Accepted: 9 August 2017 / Published: 14 August 2017
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Despite the significant progress observed over the last decades, the European building stock still consumes significant amounts of energy (39% of the total final energy), whilst it does not always provide the conditions required for occupants’ well-being and thermal comfort sensation. In order to achieve the goal of nearly or even zero energy buildings, a deep refurbishment of the building stock is imperative. As the literature indicates, a firm evaluation of indoor conditions is essential, while having at the epicenter the occupants’ comfort perception, with emphasis on their individual characteristics. In this respect, a methodological framework is developed and a preliminary implementation is performed. The main goal of the methodological approach is the consideration of both the classical comfort parameters along with the occupants’ socioeconomic and personalized characteristics that affect their perception and can differentiate their needs even under the same conditions. Among other important findings this preliminary implementation achieved some very promising results, highlighting that occupants’ individual characteristics such as recycling and exercising can affect the occupants’ comfort perception. View Full-Text
Keywords: indoor environmental quality; office buildings; in-situ measurements; occupants’ perception; Mediterranean climate indoor environmental quality; office buildings; in-situ measurements; occupants’ perception; Mediterranean climate
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Antoniadou, P.; Papadopoulos, A.M. Development of an Integrated, Personalized Comfort Methodology for Office Buildings. Energies 2017, 10, 1202.

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