Special Issue "Field Measurement for Thermal Comfort and Indoor Air Quality"

A special issue of Atmosphere (ISSN 2073-4433). This special issue belongs to the section "Biometeorology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 28 February 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Giorgio Ficco
Guest Editor
Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering (DICeM), Università di Cassino e del Lazio Meridionale, 03043 Cassino (FR), Italy
Interests: thermal and mechanical measurements; legal metrology; flow measurements; building energy performance; energy metering and accounting; environmental pollution measurements; transmission and distribution energy networks
Prof. Dr. Boris Igor Palella
Guest Editor
Department of Industrial Engineering, University of Naples Federico II, P.le V. Tecchio 80, 80125 Naples, Italy
Interests: ergonomics of the physical environment; thermal environment assessment; thermal comfort; hot environments; cold environments; microclimatic monitoring; industrial hygiene; indoor environmental quality (IEQ); indoor air quality (IAQ); cultural heritage preservation; standardization
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Indoor environments should be livable, comfortable, safe, and productive, with low energy costs, and their design should be compliant with sustainability requirements. These are the reasons why, due to their strong impact on energy consumption in buildings, thermal comfort and indoor air quality (IAQ) are increasingly crucial issues in modern offices, workplaces, and domestic houses.

With this in mind, the spreading of IoT tools and platforms is making available the use of huge amounts of data useful for the control and monitoring of thermal comfort and IAQ indices, and of the related energy consumptions. On the other hand, the accuracy and reliability of thermal comfort and air quality measurement campaigns are still open issues within the scientific community, since instrumental aspects, operator competence, and data acquisition, as well as quality assurance of the results are involved.

To achieve a complete and reliable characterization of thermal comfort and IAQ levels in built environments and related energy needs, several challenging issues must be faced with regard to properly designing measurements campaigns (not only from technical and operational perspectives, but also by managing psychological and physiological issues) and effectively elaborating huge amounts of field data.

This Special Issue invites scholars to contribute original research and review articles on innovative designs, methodologies, sensors, and systems that can enhance the reliability and accuracy of indoor/outdoor thermal comfort and air quality measurement, as well as papers on data gathering and the elaboration and presentation of results.

Potential research topics include but are not limited to the following:

  • Systems and instruments for indoor thermal comfort measurements;
  • Systems and instruments for outdoor thermal comfort and urban microclimate;
  • Systems and instruments for indoor air quality measurements;
  • Design of experiments for thermal comfort and indoor air quality measurements;
  • Innovative sensors for thermal comfort and indoor air quality measurements;
  • Conformity assessment for indoor/outdoor thermal comfort and indoor air quality;
  • Accuracy and reliability of thermal comfort and indoor air quality measurements;
  • Calibration features for indoor/outdoor thermal comfort and indoor air quality measuring systems;
  • Uncertainty estimation of indoor/outdoor thermal comfort and indoor air quality measurements.

Prof. Dr. Boris Igor Palella
Prof. Dr. Giorgio Ficco
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • indoor thermal comfort
  • indoor environmental quality (IEQ)
  • sustainability
  • energy efficiency
  • design/system optimization
  • measurement equipment
  • measurement process
  • measurement uncertainty
  • data elaboration and processing
  • calibration systems

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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