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Influence of Attached Sunspaces on Indoor Thermal Comfort. The Case Study of a Traditional Asturian House

Department of Energy, University of Oviedo, School of Mining, Energy and Materials Engineering of Oviedo, 33004 Oviedo, Spain
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Presented at the 2nd International Research Conference on Sustainable Energy, Engineering, Materials and Environment (IRCSEEME), Mieres, Spain, 25–27 July 2018.
Proceedings 2018, 2(23), 1392; https://doi.org/10.3390/proceedings2231392
Published: 29 November 2018
Attached sunspaces are widely employed in the higher floors of traditional residences in the North of Spain. More specifically, in Asturias, it is easy to find them south-oriented and cantilever-positioned. This helps to take the greatest advantage of sun rays, especially during long winter months, and provides a ground-leveled, rain-protected, arcaded space. The function of such space is being a passing area (if it is to be found in a city house), or an exterior mudroom (if it is to be found in a country estate). With respect to the thermal impact of attached sunspaces in inner comfort condition, it is worth determining whether they are truly valuable elements, suitable to be employed in contemporary passive residences in the Atlantic area, or if their climate-dependant performance invalidates such use.
Keywords: sunspace; thermal comfort; TRNSYS 17; ASHRAE 55 sunspace; thermal comfort; TRNSYS 17; ASHRAE 55
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Lage-Cal, S.; Folgueras-Díaz, M.B.; Luengo-García, J.C. Influence of Attached Sunspaces on Indoor Thermal Comfort. The Case Study of a Traditional Asturian House. Proceedings 2018, 2, 1392.

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