Special Issue "Adaptive Thermal Comfort for Buildings"

A special issue of Applied Sciences (ISSN 2076-3417). This special issue belongs to the section "Civil Engineering".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (20 November 2019) | Viewed by 191

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Carlos Rubio-Bellido
E-Mail Website
Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Jesús A. Pulido-Arcas
Guest Editor
University of Bío-Bío / University of Tokyo
Interests: adaptive thermal comfort; solar radiation; computer fluid dynamics
Prof. Dr. Alexis Pérez-Fargallo
Guest Editor

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In recent years, providing a comfortable and low-energy indoor environment is becoming a challenge in the building sector. In this context, adaptive comfort, including adaptation to external temperatures, opening windows, and changing clothing, plays an important role. Considering the global tendency towards reducing energy consumption in buildings, the use of natural ventilation coupled with HVAC systems is frequently proposed. Numerous methods have been suggested to provide acceptable comfort levels while considering a rational use of energy (i.e., adaptive control algorithms, building automation systems, etc.). However, there is no consensus on comfort thresholds, and it is difficult to predict energy consumption. This Special Issue focuses on the understanding of adaptive comfort in buildings coupled with the energy in use.

Dr. Carlos Rubio-Bellido
Prof. Dr. Jesús A. Pulido-Arcas
Prof. Dr. Alexis Pérez-Fargallo
Guest Editors

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  • energy in use versus thermal comfort
  • adaptive thermal comfort models
  • thermal comfort evaluation methods
  • building automation systems
  • adaptive control algorithms
  • mixed mode buildings
  • indoor air quality
  • temperature limits
  • indoor built environment

Published Papers

There is no accepted submissions to this special issue at this moment.
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